By Olivia Shalaby
Students of Science hosted their annual Since Night on campus Saturday where UW-Superior students and community members along with their children attended. There were around 55 displays including a milking farm demo, honey bees, and a live squid and shark dissection.
Students of Science Co-President Samantha Wells said they have been having this event for almost 20 years. Wells said this year’s turnout is greater than previous years.
“It’s never been as big as this. I think the first year it was literally fish races in Barstow and 20 years later here we are.”
In previous years around 2000 people have attended science night.
“We definetly invite students on campus to come in and enjoy, but we do have a lot of displays aimed at community members and the younger members of the community like the kids.”
Aaron Clark a UW-Superior junior had a bee display about the anatomy of the honey bee. Clark said his display showed people “that honey bees aren’t just going to sting them, that they actually do serve an important function in our society in how they pollinate flowers. I think a lot of them don’t know what a honey bee looks like and they can differentiate it between a wasp or something. And then just to spread awareness.”
The reason Clark chose to have a honey bee display is because he took a class on campus about honey bees “so I’m familiar with all the bees. I thought it was a fascinating topic. It was a very interesting class, and I thought I can help share/ spread that bees aren’t as dangerous as everyone thinks they are.”
Jamie Carlson and Chelsey Carlson from T&J Farms had a milking goat demo display. Jamie said the reason she displayed her goats is because two years ago her daughter, a UWS student, got the goats for a class, and they have been doing the display every year since then.
“A lot of people don’t know or haven’t seen where milk comes from and this is just one way of just showing them that,” said Jamie. “People milk goats, they make cheese, make soap, and there is a lot of different things that you can do with stuff like that.”
Jamie said it is important to educate children and adults about farm life.
“As time goes on, there is fewer and fewer farms and actually the small farms disappear and the big farms are coming about. So people are getting farther and farther away from their heritage.”
Jamie said she hopes she can inspire children and show them that “there are other options out there besides living in the city and playing video games.”
Chelsey Carlson is Jamie Carlson’s daughter. Chelsey hopes people know that “there is more than just cow’s milk out there. There is goat’s milk, which most of the people in the world drink over cow’s milk.”
The display had eight milking goats that were milked every 20 minutes, and four baby goats.
Cheri Miller, a community member that got her grandchildren to the event, said her 12 year old grandson asked her to bring them to the event.
“It’s nice for children to know where the goats milk from, and what they can do with the animals. And that they (animals) aren’t scary.” Miller said her granddaughter told her that she was scared of the bees but she enjoyed cuddling the little goat.
Lesa Raihala is another community member that attended the events with her children. Raihala said her children enjoyed making slime and the magnet room. Raihala said events like these are important “Because it get the kids out, and gets them involved in stuff. And I think it’s just fun for them.”