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.
Summer camp usually involves making craft projects and singing around the campfire, but at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, campers use their imaginations and knowledge to design a community on Mars.
This summer 30 of the brightest high school students in the country are attending the California Institute of Technology's Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) program. The program brings together some of the most talented students who have a passion for science and engineering and exposes them to scientific research and methodology.