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MOBILE SCIENCE LAB

Education Outreach brings the world of discovery directly to the classroom.

The Salk Mobile Science Lab travels to middle schools throughout San Diego County, bringing a free, three-day program designed to deliver a science experience students can’t get from a textbook. Students study fruit flies under a microscope, isolate plant DNA and learn about techniques of DNA analysis, all hands-on activities proven to increase students’ interest in the biological sciences.

Since it first hit the road in 1996, the Salk Mobile Science Lab—a whimsically painted van depicting a fruit fly surfing a wave of a double helix, the molecular structure of DNA—visits dozens of schools and community events every year. In the past 10 years alone, it has reached more than 20,000 students.

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HEITHOFF-BRODY HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOLARS

Every summer, the Salk Institute accepts a small group of high school students to work in a lab side-by-side with Salk scientists on cutting-edge research. During the paid internship, students formulate and test hypotheses, prepare experiments and draw conclusions, maintain laboratory notebooks and attend lab meetings. At the end of the eight-week program, students present their research projects to their mentors, lab peers and families.

Founded more than 40 years ago, the Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program at the Salk Institute fulfills Jonas Salk’s vision of introducing high school students to laboratory life and the possibility of a career in science.

The Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program at the Salk Institute is open to students 16 years and older who reside and attend school in San Diego County. The program operates in collaboration with the Biocom Institute Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship program.

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SALK INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH SCIENCE HYBRID PROGRAM

The Salk Introduction to Research Science Program is a hybrid STEM educational experience geared toward providing students a first look at science outside of a traditional classroom setting through hands-on and virtual experiences.

The overall goal of the program is to enable and encourage rising 10th and 11th grade students that may have had limited opportunities in science with the opportunity to explore their interests and prepare for future STEM internships.

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MARCH OF DIMES HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE DAY

Once a year, the Salk Institute opens its doors to hundreds of students and their teachers for an extraordinary day designed to ignite interest in life sciences and illuminate the pathways to scientific research careers. The event features Salk scientists sharing stories of their work life, lab tours and the opportunity to participate in current scientific experiments.

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This program is generously supported by the Anne and Neal Blue High School Science Fund.


SCICHATS@SALK

SciChats@Salk is a free virtual interactive experience that pairs students in a classroom (or an alternative learning setting) with a volunteer scientist for an interactive conversation about what it’s like to be a scientist. SciChats@Salk gives students a clearer picture of how science progresses, encourages them to imagine a future for themselves as scientists, and illustrates the contributions that science makes to our society.

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Ellen Potter Research Connections for Teachers Symposium

Each fall, teachers are invited to hear from Salk faculty and researchers in a seminar environment, then collaborate with colleagues to apply what they have learned to the Next Generation Science Standards aligned lesson plans. The program went virtual in 2020. Please click here to view the recording from the October 2020 seminar.

For more information on any of the Education Outreach Programs, email education@salk.edu.