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 at the Princeton public library, as part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Various members of the lab participate each year. We bring microscopes and share the excitement of science, give them a sense for biological scales, and introduce them to the concept of phase transitions in cells. We've now participated in nanodays in 2012, 2013 and 2014.