LA’s BEST 21st Annual Celebrate Science Fair with Comedian Shayla Rivera and ABC7’s Danny Romero

Students from the LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program exhibit their science projects for the chance to win a trip to Yosemite Institute

April 15, 2012

Aerospace Engineer and Comedian Shayla Rivera will host the 21st Annual LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Fair with keynote speaker ABC7 Weathercaster Danny Romero at California State University, Los Angeles on Sunday, April 15, 2012.  Seventeen science teams from elementary schools around the City of Los Angeles will compete to win a four-day trip to the Yosemite Institute, where they will experience hands-on science learning while exploring the landscapes of Yosemite National Park.

More than 70 young scientists will demonstrate their knowledge and research skills by presenting projects to a panel of judges made up of researchers from Amgen and the California Institute of Technology, an engineer and scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a high school Principal, a middle school administrator and former district science specialist, and a concept designer from Disney. Hundreds of family members and friends will be in attendance to support their students.

The citywide LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Fair is the annual culmination of the LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Program, in which students across Los Angeles engage in fun-filled, interactive science experiences utilizing the “team inquiry” model developed by LA’s BEST under the guidance of NASA’s JPL.  


LA’s BEST students from 17 elementary schools

Shayla Rivera, Aerospace Engineer & Comedian

Danny Romero, ABC7 Weathercaster

Carla Sanger, President & CEO, LA’s BEST

Keri Buck, Researcher in Hemotology/Oncology at Amgen

Dr. Robert “Nufo” Carrillo, Postdoc at California Institute of Technology

Tracy Drain, Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Elizabeth M. Garcia, Principal at Santa Paula High School

Gilberto A. Samuel, M.Ed, Lead Administrator at Robert E. Peary Middle School

Marc Simard, Senior Scientist for Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jeremy Oliveira Stolarz, Concept Design Associate at Walt Disney Imagineering


LA’s BEST 21st Annual Celebrate Science Fair


Sunday, April 15, 2012

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


California State University, Los Angeles

Golden Eagle Conference Center (Parking in Structure C)

5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles CA 90032

About LA’s BEST

LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 186 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit


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