Hook 'em while they're young

Aug 18 2010 Published by under [Education&Careers]

This is all sorts of awesomeness:

When Shivani went off to Princeton, Dr. Sud was like many professional women who interrupt their careers to raise kids: should she return to her former career or try a new path? Then Shivani said to her, “Mom, why not help other kids like you helped us?”

She went to Dr. Carl Harris, then superintendant of Durham Public Schools, and out of their joint vision, she says, Scientifica was founded. This unique program exposes Durham Public School kids to scientific research being conducted at local universities and companies. The kids are mentored by students at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill and are given the opportunity to conduct research during summer internships.

The link to the program is here, noting "Durham Public Schools encourages highly motivated students in Grades 8 through 12 to discover the world of science, pursue a career in this field and succeed in their career — and in life. Scientifica is designed to harness the resources offered by Durham’s many partners in the scientific community to significantly improve students’ exposure to science."

I'd love to do this in my current town--or even better, where I grew up. As I noted, I had pretty much zero exposure to science and scientists while growing up, and would love to be able to introduce HS kids to that kind of experience. I've done it individually by hosting a handful of high school age kids in my lab for summers, but nothing on the magnitude described here; if only there were more hours in the day.

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