FOCUS Camp Begins! ASSIP Continues into the Second Week

Starting off with an icebreaker where the participants had to order themselves based on their birthday without speaking or moving their lips, the FOCUS (Females of Color Underrepresented inĀ  STEM) camp for rising 6th-8th graders kicked off their week long event of science activities and experiences! Today, the girls began their journey with hands on labs involving biological organisms without backbones and extraction of DNA.


Meanwhile, the ASSIP (Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program) high school scholars working on mathematical models with Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Dr. Carmen Caiseda, and graduate student Andy Hoang presented introductions into topics encompassing various aspects of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Such subjects used the basis of the SIR model for the spread of diseases and included encouraging composting in urban and rural environments, analyzing the opioid epidemic, conversion of the food consumption and waste models for energy consumption, and the interactions of growing student loan and people in debt.