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CALTECH WORKSHOP INSPIRES STUDENTS IN MATH AND SCIENCE The recently completed "Computers: The Machines, Science, People and Careers!" workshop at Caltech exposed 130 high school students to the research and applications of science, mathematics, and technology. The focus was on projects enhanced by advanced computers and the computational sciences, including parallel and distributed computation. The annual two-day workshop, held each spring for minority students recruited from math and science magnet schools throughout the Los Angeles area, has grown steadily and refined its curriculum since it was initiated five years ago.

This year, more than 30 professors, graduate students, and support staff contributed their time and expertise to present information about their work in seismology, astronomy, applied mathematics, aeronautics, high energy physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, planetary geology, biology, and more. Others shared with participants information about their work in the private and public sectors.

The overall goal of the program is to encourage minority youth to consider or continue to prepare for a math- or science-related career, in particular, those related to computers or the computational sciences. Other objectives include:

Demystify professionals involved in related fields by providing face-to- face interactive sessions Develop a sense of confidence among participants that they can succeed and prosper in computational science careers Preview the specific challenges and rewards--academic, emotional, and financial--that a student will encounter on the way to and as a result of such a career

"The workshop provided motivation for these students to place more emphasis on their science and math courses," said Blair High School resource teacher Richard Miyagawa. "They were genuinely pleased to meet and hear the minority Caltech students discuss their backgrounds and experiences at Caltech. The program has made an impact on our high school program."

Sponsored by the CRPC and Caltech, the workshop is developed in conjunction with Capitol Focus, a Sacramento-based, non-partisan political awareness project for California citizens and youth. For more information, contact Jim Muldavin of Capitol Focus, (916) 443-2229, muldavin@mail.mother.com . For information on this or other CRPC-sponsored education programs at Caltech, contact JoAnn Boyd, (818) 395-4562, joann@ama.caltech.edu .

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