Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Physics Department hosted the Cambridge 8th Grade Science & Engineering Showcase this spring. Approximately 400 young students from the Cambridge public schools came to Harvard to meet faculty and graduate students, to experience hands-on (and messy!) demonstrations, and to show off their own projects at a large fair.
Arranged by Kathryn Hollar, Director of Educational Programs at SEAS, and Lisa Scolaro, Cambridge Public Schools' Junior K-12 Science Coordinator, the field trip brought science and engineering literally within reach.
"Experiences like this can be critical in helping young students to realize that they can contribute the ideas that will change the world," said Hollar. "If we can encourage their natural curiosity and present them with role models in science and engineering, our hope is that they will be more likely to consider research as a career a few years from now."
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