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You’re invited!

JPL showcase-webNASA would like to honor your interest and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by inviting you to display your project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s “Student Showcase.” This will be an opportunity to show your work, interact with JPL scientists and engineers, and tour JPL facilities like the Space Flight Operations Facility and Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

Your chance to participate in the JPL Showcase is running out – it’s filling up rapidly. Get your online application in tomorrow if you’re interested – it will be awesome! Download the JPL Showcase Invitation here.

Bigger and Better!

registration-hallway2In 2015, as of result of increased teacher training, increased recruiting at under-served schools with high minority populations and the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, we have a 26% increase in schools attending the fair over 2014!

  • The number of teachers trained in implementing and properly facilitating student research has increased 110%, with over 200 teachers trained from 91 schools new to the fair, from all areas of the County.
  • With our strong emphasis on access and equity and teacher training, the number of public/charter schools (vs. private/parochial schools) registered so far this year has gone from 39% in 2014 to 74% for the 2015 fair, reversing the decline in public school participation that began with the recession.
  • To increase the amount of bright, innovative students entering from schools in impoverished areas, we implemented fee waivers and a sliding scale for high schools this year, allowing Title 1 schools and those with populations of 80% or more of under-represented minorities in science to enter the fair for free.
  • To make sure that all new students are adhering to federal and state safety standards for experimentation, we created an ONLINE pre-approval site for student proposing to work with tissues/cell lines, human subjects, vertebrate animals, hazardous materials and microbes. This has made the pre-approval process go swiftly, increasing pre-approval proposals for research from around 300 per year to 451 this year.
  • At our 2014 LACSEF Awards Ceremony, we were able to double the cash awards to the pre-recession amount of $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place.  Students also received over $8,600 cash from Special Award donors in addition to scholarships, paid summer internships, special behind-the-scene tours of technology companies, summer research expeditions, induction to scientific societies and medals and certificates for 909 students.

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