The Cambrian

Coast Unified students invited to science, engineering events

Coast Unified School District students will have the opportunity to participate in two free science events during May: Robotics Night and Build an Engineer Day.

Robotics Night, for students in grades 4-8, will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Santa Lucia Middle School gym.

Participants will build a real working robot, using the principles of electricity, magnetism and static charge, in a class taught by a rocket scientist. Families are welcome to attend and watch the class.

Space is limited, and students should sign up at their school now to guarantee space.

Build an Engineer Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Cal Poly.  Students in grades 6-8 will spend the day in small groups, participating aerospace, mechanical, civil and computer engineering labs. Sign-ups end April 30.

The Cambria Education Foundation is sponsoring both events. The nonprofit group provides funding for Coast Union School District schools in the form of grants given out in May of each year.

Staff seeking funds to introduce new programs, enhance existing programs or attend professional development workshops are encouraged to apply for grants. The grants, which are in their 12th year, will be awarded May 27 during a Celebration of Education event at Centrally Grown. Retiring staff members will also be recognized at this event.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website at

— Cambrian staff