Public Science Literacy Night Friday at Pasadena Elementary School

Published : Friday, March 3, 2017 | 6:36 AM

The Norma Coombs Elementary School (NCES) in Pasadena is holding a Science Literacy Night on Friday, March 3, open for students, parents and members of the community.

The event sponsored by the school and its Parents-Teachers-Students Association will feature a scholastic book fair, science activities and demonstrations, telescopes, taco stands and a Kona ice truck.

Olga Manzanero, Community Assistant at NCES, said the demonstrations will include feature JPL rovers and Caltech scientists, rocket launchers, mentos blasters, astronomy presentations, and many more.

“We have parents that work here and this is a collaboration with some community members, including NASA,” Manzanero said. “It’s been happening for a few years already under the direction of Dr. Smith. It’s the fifth year.”

Dr. Smith is Dr. Jennifer Smith Jackson, the Principal at NCES, who has been spearheading the Science Literacy Night since it started.

“She is very supportive. She learns everybody’s name by heart,” Manzanero said. “She is dynamic. While she’s talking to you, she’s already thinking about the next event. She is a firm believer that if a student knows how to read, she can excel in every other subject. She invests her time in reading about programs that support literature.”

The event is free admission and will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the school compound at 2600 Paloma Street in Pasadena.

For more information, call (626) 396-5660 or visit


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