Collaboration with Trenton Public Schools
We have developed an outreach program in collaboration with the Trenton Public Schools, a disadvantaged school system in the city of Trenton (ca. 20 minutes south of Princeton). The goal of this outreach program is to generate excitement about science, raise awareness of opportunities in science careers, and give students some sense for what scientists *really* do. Our approach for this is in the spirit of Louis Agassiz's dictum, "Study Nature, Not books" (This hangs prominently on the entrance wall of the library of the MBL in Woods Hole !)
In collaboration with Dan Steinberg, director of Education and Outreach at the Center for Complex Materials, we participate in Nanodays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Together with William Gilpin, a Princeton Physics undergraduate working in the lab, we bring a stereomicroscope to the Princeton public library to show children the excitement of C.elegans worms and give them a sense for biological scales. We've now participated in nanodays 2012 and 2013.