Sunday evening's solar eclipse dazzled hundreds of sun gazers who gathered on Caltech's campus to watch the rare alignment, a partial annular "ring of fire" solar eclipse that wowed spectators around the world.
Anyone anywhere can watch one of Caltech's most popular courses on machine learning, complete with live lectures, beginning April 3. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the spring term, Yaser Abu-Mostafa, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Caltech, will deliver lectures for his Learning From Data class live on Caltech's Ustream channel.
For many Techers, high-school activities included the Science Olympiad, an academic track meet of sorts that tests knowledge in all areas of science and engineering, from forestry and ornithology to physics and biology. But even though they've now retired from competition, former Science Olympians at Caltech have been giving back, helping to run the contest for today's high schoolers. Last Saturday, April 9, 43 students from Caltech traveled to Canyon High School in Anaheim for the Southern California State Science Olympiad.
This past weekend, 13 budding scientists squared off at Caltech for science scholarships worth $9,000—and the chance to win up to $100,000—at the Region One Finals of the 2010–11 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.
A group of 29 top high school students from around the United States are spending three weeks this summer on the Caltech campus, studying neurobiology and physics. They are at Caltech as part of the Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) program, which offers students—typically from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in science—a chance to study advanced science topics and meet other students who are equally enthused by science and engineering.
Three graduate students from Caltech's Tectonics Observatory recently visited a class of 33 sixth-graders at Pasadena Unified School District's Burbank Elementary to lead hands-on activities and teach about Earth science.