NORTH CANTON  The gym at St. Paul’s School in North Canton was packed full of parents and students Feb. 3 for the 10th annual Family Science Night. There were student science projects there for review by parents, and there were hand-on science stations from Carnegie Science Center, including a portable planetarium.

"This event is something our kids work really hard for every year, it’s a fun evening and a great way for parents to see the finished work of their kids," said St. Paul's Principal Amie Hale.

Junior High School teacher Natalie Murphy coordinates the event every year. She said the event showcases the extensive science program offered at St. Paul's and other Catholic schools in the area, and it’s a good way to top off Catholic Education Week.

"The day always starts with the students participating in a science fair competition and ends with the families coming to our science extravaganza," Murphy said. "Our students put together superior science fair projects. We’ve had students move onto the District 13 competition where the students can move onto The Ohio State University Science Day held in May."

Hands-on science activities included telescope training, ultra violet ray testing, photosynthesis and learning about the sun among many others. There were long lines all evening at the portable planetarium.

Many high school students who are alumni of St. Paul’s School volunteer every year to help at the event. The high schoolers help kids and parents work with the hands-on science activities.

"Last year, St. Paul’s School was the only school in District 13 to win the Excellence award and our students’ projects were in the top 10 percent of all projects," said Jackie Zufall, president of Holy Cross Academy. "The annual science night is just a nice evening for the families to come to school to see some of the ways students learn with science. Natalie (Murphy) is one of those teachers that has a way to pull the talent out of our kids. She makes science exciting by coming up with great programming."