April 9, 2014
Milena Acosta, the Aquarium’s education outreach supervisor, serves as the co-chair of the local arrangements committee for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The fair provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from more than seventy countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards each year. Through her involvement, Acosta is representing the Aquarium in helping to support science innovation among young emerging scientists.
Acosta helps recruit organizations, universities, and individuals to serve as volunteers, interpreters, and judges throughout the week the fair is held. At his year’s Intel ISEF, the Aquarium will also participate with the Aquarium on Wheels mobile tidepool on the public day of the fair. On this day, 5,000 local middle and high school students will attend the fair to engage with the finalists, visit interactive hands-on booths, and participate in an invasive species-focused lab developed by Acosta. Education staff members will staff the invasive species science labs and judge student finalists on judging day.
“Events like this help create and encourage the next generation of scientists, who then can begin to pave the way for the next generation after them,” Acosta says. “I firmly believe that experiencing Intel ISEF just once will help local scientists witness how this event champions and celebrates young scientists in a way that is life-changing for students.”
Interested in volunteering at Intel ISEF this May at the Los Angeles Convention Center? Find more information and register online.