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Science teacher Philip Hudec demonstrates a homemade musical instrument. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

About 30 Desert Hot Springs middle school students and their families enjoyed a recent evening of science experimentation through their participation in the Palm Springs Unified School District’s pilot Science And Engineering Fair Family Academy. The three-evening virtual program was launched last week through a partnership between district science teachers on special assignment Philip Hudec and Debbie Gordon and the district’s Family Engagement Center.

Participating students and their family members registered for the program in advance to receive the materials they needed for the virtual science experiment session earlier this month. 

“The contents of each kit varies from month to month based on the materials needed for the different planned lessons,” said Family Engagement Coordinator Ruby Rivera. “Kits provide enough materials for