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News Release| IMPACT LA; Cal State L.A.

July 16, 2012

Media Advisory
July 19-20, 2012; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cal State L.A. students to make an ‘IMPACT’—inspiring local middle-schoolers to become future engineers, scientists

IMPACT LA campers to create lava lamps, solve a crime, race cardboard boats, build paper rockets

Los Angeles, CA -- More than 80 6th- through 8th-graders from throughout Greater Los Angeles will participate in fun-filled, hands-on science and engineering activities during the 2012 IMPACT LA Summer Camp at Cal State L.A. on Thursday and Friday, July 19-20.

Led by CSULA graduate students, the two-day camp is designed to “impact” the middle-school students by providing a glimpse of what a future career as an engineer and scientist might be like.

To spark their interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the CSULA team will engage the young students in the following:

Thursday, July 19:

9 to 9:45 a.m. – Blast Off activity with paper rockets (Engineering & Techonology patio)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (groups of students will rotate through each activity per hour) – Tic-tac Flashlight (E&T C248) and Crime Scene Investigation: Who Did It? (E&T C160)

3 to 5 p.m. – Egg Drop Design Challenge (E&T Patio)

Friday, July 20:

9 to 10 a.m. (group activity) – Lava Lamp: Liquid Show for the Eyes (E&T Patio)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (groups of students will rotate through each activity per hour) – Ice Cream in a Bag (E&T Patio, south side) and Zebrafish Jaw Model (E&T C160)

3 to 5 p.m. – Cardboard Boat Design begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by Cardboard Boat Race in the campus pool at 4 p.m.

IMPACT LA stands for Improving Minority Partnerships and Access through CISE*-related Teaching (*CISE refers to “Computer and Information Science and Engineering”).  Funded by a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program pairs college graduate students and local K-12 math or science teachers.  For more about the IMPACT LA NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Program, go to   

Media representatives are welcome to observe the activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers, teachers and students will also be available for photos and interviews. To make arrangements, call the Public Affairs office ahead of time at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3050.

Cal State L.A. is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeway. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lot 5 and upper level Parking Structure C. For campus map and directions, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php.

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