Winners of LA's BEST Celebrate Science Fair will head to Nature Bridge Institute and Columbia Memorial Space Center 

March 16, 2014

LA’s BEST science teams from Anatola, Castelar, Cantebury, Figueroa, Harvard, Monolux, Noble and Wilshire Park elementary schools won the top prize at the 23rd Annual LA’s BEST Celebrate Science Fair. The event, hosted by former KTLA host and producer Ray Gonzales with keynote speaker Dr. Rosalyn M.C. Lopes, Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, took place at California State University Los Angeles on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Seventeen science teams from elementary schools around the City of Los Angeles competed to win a three-day trip to the NatureBridge Institute at the Santa Monica Mountains, where the winners will experience hands-on science learning as they explore the park’s Mediterranean ecosystem.

Runners-up from Aldama, Bright, Crescent Heights, Euclid, Hawaiian, Huerta, Pacoima and Raymond elementary schools will join the winners for a trip to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey.

More than 60 young scientists demonstrated 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, a system engineer and senior scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a high school and middle school Principal, an airforce maintenance supervisor, and a technology designer from Walt Disney Imagineering.

Family members, friends, school principals and LA’s BEST staff were also 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. Students competed in local and regional science fairs, from which winners moved on to present in the final competition on Sunday.

This Sunday’s science Fair capped off a weekend of Expanded Learning at LA’s BEST. On Saturday, 150 LA’s BEST students participated in Dance of Tennis, an innovative program that teaches children the fundamentals of tennis by incorporating music and tennis-like dance steps.