Student outreach and science education are two very important components of our work at Mills CBST. We believe that it is absolutely critical to influence students at a young age to pursue a science education. However, it is not always the case that every high school has the resources to give students the opportunity to participate in exciting and engaging scientific experiments, thus encouraging them to pursue a higher education in science and technology. Thankfully, there are science teachers like Ms. Claire Shorall and Dr. Susan Spiller who are committed to changing this in East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA).
On May 24th, 2011 students from our local outreach school EOSA, and members of Mills CBST came together for the first annual Mills-EOSA Science Symposium. To begin the symposium, Marco Molinaro from UC Davis CBST kindly gave our students words of advice as a scientist and science educator. Brenda Salantes, who was working from the road on her way to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was also included in a virtual Skype chat with her students. Using technology, we were able to show students how Mills CBST’s network goes beyond the EOSA classroom. Shortly after these chats, the symposium began.
This year we had the privilege of hosting 38 guests including EOSA’s young scientists, teachers, and Mills College scientists in the Vera Long Conference Room on Mills Campus in Oakland, CA. The theme of the Mills-EOSA Science Symposium was the physiology of the vascular system and heart, chosen by EOSA’s very own Physiology teacher, Ms Claire Shorall.
Ten groups of students worked diligently over several months to develop their science projects with the help of Ms. Shorall, and Mills CBST research associates Brenda Salantes and Rosa Meza-Acevedo. Each group presented their science projects in a poster session while three groups were chosen to lead with a power point presentation. The judges included research scientists from Dr. Spiller and Dr. Young’s laboratory groups. This year’s awardees for the three best posters were as follows:
Raymond Tavita and Ikeeya Robinson
“Monster Energy Drinks vs. Heart Rate”
Ibrahim Abdallah, Shante Cruz, Ana Fong and Angel Butler
“Killer $0.69 Noodles”
“Musical Heart Beats”
The event was a great success! Congratulations to all symposium participants from EOSA, and special thanks to all those below who have made this year’s event possible. We are looking forward to seeing folks again next year!
Special Thanks to…
Mills College and Mills CBST
National Science Foundation
Marco Molinaro science educator from UC Davis CBST
Mohammed Haghighi & Lakeshore Café (Oakland, CA) for the wonderful fruit platter donation