The Bruin Experiment is a club started in 2014 by UCLA neuroscience students. The club's goal is to help young students pursue technological and scientific interests, with opportunities to learn and experience hands-on science.
The club was piloted at the Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies (LACES), then expanded to also include Palms Middle School.
Each year, UCLA students who are members of the club visit the two schools for 10 after-school mentoring sessions, providing fun preparatory activities and presentations to excite middle school students about science, and to educate them about the scientific method. During part of each visit, students break into groups to cultivate ideas and select experiments.
The program culminates in a grand science fair in UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom (see below), with hundreds of people in attendance. To add to the friendly nature, Palms and LACES students participate in a UCLA Park Day where they socialize before they compete against each other in the science fair.
Thank you to Daniel Haeim, President of The Bruin Experiment, and to the rest of the UCLA mentors!
2016 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins!
The 2016 Palms Science Fair team poses with the trophy
Palms students in The Bruin Experiment after-school program competed in the UCLA Science Fair, held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 10, 2016.
They presented the results of their experiments, alongside peers from the Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies, to a panel of judges.
Second place overall:
- Lana Neulander
- Samuel Fuches
- Jeong-Min Hwang
- Praykash Jeysankar
- Ella Krieger
- Alta McGruder
- Victoria Rivera
- Adrian Shavers
- Zaynep Yulek
Of the 9 Honorable Mentions awarded, 8 went to Palms students. Based upon the average scores of all the projects, Palms was declared the winner of the Science Fair.