January 10, 2003

Area Students in UCSD Science Outreach Program Focus of KUSI Broadcast Over Christmas Break

While most students were taking it easy over Christmas holiday break, more than 45 area middle school and high school students were honing their upcoming science fair entries through a unique science outreach program sponsored by the University of California, San Diego. The youngsters, participants in a program called CHUM (Consortium of High Schools/the University, and the Medical School), were the focus of a broadcast by KUSI-TV’s Rod Luck who caught the students in action over the holidays in the biology laboratories at UCSD.

Luck devoted his entire afternoon broadcast to the program’s annual Science Fair Mini-Camp which provides CHUM students from more than 10 schools with basic instruction in scientific and laboratory procedures which will aid them in preparing their entries for the Greater San Diego Science Fair school competition scheduled this spring.

Attending six-hour classes over five days during Christmas break in UCSD’s undergraduate biology labs and the UCSD School of Medicine, students learned the rudiments of the scientific method, laboratory equipment operation, metric system, and the principles of biology, chemistry biology and physics. In addition to interviewing the students, Luck also spoke with CHUM director Park Trefs, Ph.D., and Science Camp faculty members Joe Conner, Ph.D., of Pasadena City College, and Estralita Martin, Ph.D., of San Diego State University.

Participating schools in the Science Camp were: Morse High School; Keiller Middle School; Memorial Academy; Gompers Secondary School; Lemon Grove Middle School; Lincoln Academy; Faith Community School; High Tech High School; San Diego High; La Jolla High, and the Preuss School.

Established in 1992, CHUM provides low-income students and first-generation college students in grades 7 through 12 at target schools with a wide range of scientific experiences aimed at increasing their interest in science, medicine and competitive college admission. For more information on the program, contact CHUM director Park Trefts at (858)-822-1257, or ptrefts@ucsd.edu.

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