Extended periods of sheltering in place can be challenging for most of us, but especially for those with young children. Graduate students of the Stanford Polymer Collective, together with The Big Nano, are rolling out a series of food science blogs with easy hands-on experiments that use household items to teach students about polymers. “Home cooking has become the top priority of many households. Since many students are staying at home with their parents, why not make this an outreach opportunity for some food science experiments?” says Stanford graduate student Rachel Huang, Outreach Officer of Stanford Polymer Collective. So far, their blog has activities about Boba pearls, Chocolate, Hand pulled noodles, Foamy (Dalgona) Coffee, Angel Food Cake, and Pop Rock Candy. They plan to update each week Tuesday and Thursday for the duration of Shelter in Place. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @TheBigNano1 for future updates. Be safe and healthy!
During the summer, the Stanford student body includes kids enrolled in sports and computer camps, middle school and high school students – and teachers – enrolled in academic programs, and undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world. Full article here.
Highlighting for the public the benefits of research and science is an important goal for universities like Stanford. That’s why Stanford was a key member of a two-year effort to launch a national network to help scientists and engineers do just that. Toward this end, the National Science Foundation has awarded a consortium of six universities – including Stanford and led by the University of Missouri – a $500,000 grant to launch the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration. Full article here
Three San Mateo County STEM teachers talk about their research experiences at Stanford in summer 2014. Read the article.
RISE and other Stanford internship programs for high school students are featured in the July 11, 2014 issue of the "Palo Alto Weekly." Click here to view.
The RISE program offers economically disadvantaged and minority students in local high schools the opportunity to experience real-world science research. All of its alumni have attended college. Read the full article here.
High Hopes – Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California, a new report from the Strengthening Science Education in California initiative, reveals that students have little access to high quality science education in California elementary schools. Intense pressure to meet accountability goals in mathematics and English has limited time for science, and teachers and schools do not have the infrastructure needed to consistently provide students with quality science learning opportunities. Read full report here.