The Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ Educational Outreach program was honored May 25 by the San Diego Unified School District as a 20-year Partner in Education.
The award was made at a special End-of-Year Partner/Volunteer Awards Ceremony honoring 10-, 20-, and 25-year partners; Volunteers of the Year, and Partners of the Year.
Taking Salk science into the K-12 community is an educational outreach highlight for the Institute. Among the activities is the annual High School Science Day, which in February saw more than 200 students attending and a record 47 scientists from 25 labs on hand to help with the activities. Another feature is High School Science Summer Scholars, an eight-week curriculum that offers high school students the opportunity to be involved with a full-time research project under the mentorship of a Salk scientist.
There’s also the Salk Mobile Science Lab, a free three-day biotechnology program serving middle schools throughout San Diego County. Launched in 1996 in conjunction with the San Diego County Office of Education, this program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about genetics and DNA from real Salk Institute scientists.
"Our scientists are passionate about their field of study and enjoy sharing it with young people, and this enthusiasm is often a key factor in changing students' perceptions about science," said Ellen Potter, director of the Educational Outreach Program.