Palms Middle School

The Bruin Experiment

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!

2017 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins!

Palms students competed against each other and against other middle school students in The Bruin Experiment after-school program's annual UCLA Science Fair, held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 22, 2017.

Palms students won first, second, and third place, as well as four honorable mentions!


  1. Navaneeth Srinivasan
  2. Samuel Fuchs
  3. Lana Neulander

Honorable Mention:

  • Summer Hamzeh
  • Charlene Huang
  • Amelia Moss
  • Tristan Zabala

2016 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins!

2016 Science Fair trophy

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.

Palms results

Second place overall:

  • Lana Neulander

Honorable Mention:

  • 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.


TheBruinExperiment logo


The Bruin Experiment 2017-2018

October 2017 - April 2018

Interested Palms students should ask their science teacher about The Bruin Experiment.


4th Annual Science Fair at UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

April 8, 2018, 2-5:30pm

The Bruin Experiment 2018

The Bruin Experiment 2017

The Bruin Experiment Cheer (UCLA BTE!)

2016 UCLA Science Fair Winners

Lana Neulander won Second Place for her Dirty Money! project. See photo in slideshow above.

2016 Science Fair Projects