Salk Institute inspires the next generation of scientists at 2011 San Diego Science Festival Expo Day
Hundreds of young people became scientists for the day when they visited the Salk Institute booth on March 26 during the 2011 San Diego Science Festival at Petco Park.
Over 30,000 participants joined the largest single-day science and engineering event in Southern California at EXPO DAY, the Festival's grand finale event held the final Saturday of Festival week at Petco Park. With opportunities to participate in hands-on activities, meet real scientists and engineers and learn how their discoveries and research affect our daily lives, the festival provides a unique opportunity to reach students of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring the next generation of innovators.
"The Salk booth was packed from start to finish," said Dona Mapston, Salk Institute education specialist. Based on the theme of genetics and DNA technology, Mapston and a team of volunteers assisted curious kids and parents alike in extracting actual DNA from wheat germ. "The kids must have performed over 500 extractions by the time we closed up. That's over one DNA extraction per minute!" she exclaimed.
Salk Institute president Bill Brody was also on hand as one of the volunteer experts in the "Ask Me, I'm a Scientist" booth, deftly answering questions from the eager crowd.
The San Diego Science Festival is the largest celebration of science on the West Coast and offers a weeklong roster of eclectic events and science-inspired adventures at venues throughout San Diego. Look for the Salk Institute booth at next year's San Diego Science Festival Expo Day at Petco Park on March 24, 2012.
High school students from around San Diego County successfully completed the Salk High School Scholars program this past summer.
The ten students were each involved with a full-time research project, learning how to formulate and test hypotheses, prepare experiments and draw conclusions.
Jonas Salk created the Salk High School Scholars program more than 40 years ago to give students the opportunity to experience life in a scientific laboratory and explore the possibility of a career in science.