Last week, the Oakland school board unanimously approved a proposal to require 60 minutes of science instruction each week in kindergarten through third grade, and 90 minutes in fourth and fifth grade, beginning in the fall of 2011. (If you follow me on Twitter, you might already know this. If you don’t, you should! Just go here to find my profile.)
I wrote a story about this development. It will be in tomorrow’s paper, but it’s up online, here.
Here are some pictures of fourth- and fifth-grade OUSD students who had a chance to interact with scientists and learn about their careers on Wednesday night at the Oakland Zoo. About 25 scientists came to the event, organized by Caleb Cheung, the district’s science manager.