Tagged: science education

Rocket science? For these kids, pressure is fun

Every good scientific exploration starts with questions, and at UCSF’s 2017 Summer Science Camp, the recent “bottle rocket engineering and launch day” was no different.

The camp’s nearly 50 fifth- and sixth-graders started the morning in a classroom on the Parnassus campus, discussing pictures displayed on the large screen: a car with a sloped roof and a rear spoiler, a kite aloft, a runner with an open parachute tied to his back.

Camp founder continues quest to bring science to kids

As a first-year UCSF PharmD student, Heather Hertema, PharmD ’10, had a big idea: a free summer camp for kids who might not otherwise be exposed to the creative problem-solving and making-things-explode fun of science. 

A decade of launching rockets, cardboard boats—and kids into STEM

Ten years ago, at the inaugural UCSF Summer Science Camp, 10-year-old Najwa Anasse held a human brain in her hands—an “Aha!” experience that set her career path.

“I thought, ‘Oh my god, I want to study this.’ I was so excited,” says Anasse, who grew up in San Francisco’s Excelsior District and was a fifth grader at Alice Fong Yu Elementary School at the time.

Two to watch

They are intellectually fearless and a bit unorthodox. They form a crazy quilt of undergraduate majors, birthplaces, interests, and experiences. They work across UCSF in "wet" labs fitted with benches and large metal fume hoods and in "dry" labs amid cubicles and work surfaces topped with computers and oversized monitors.

UCSF Student Pharmacists Teach Science to 5th-Graders

UCSF student pharmacists relate science to the everyday lives of 5th-graders at San Francisco's Rosa Parks Elementary School through a special program now in its second year.