Guest Post by Lisa Lucio

oak crestThe Oak Crest Institute of Science is pleased to be participating in the inaugural citywide CONNECT Weekend hosted by Innovate Pasadena. Oak Crest is an innovative chemistry and education center where experienced scientists work side-by-side with high school through post-grad students to solve compelling problems in environmental and medical science.

It was the vision of Dr. Marc Baum, Oak Crest’s founder, that a small, intimate research institute could be highly complementary to large established institutions of higher learning in conducting rigorous, productive, relevant science research while broadening the participation of underrepresented groups. Oak Crest was also designed to increase STEM literacy, engagement and career interest among students through its summer research programs, internships and volunteer opportunities.

On Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Crest is opening its doors to entrepreneurs, small science startups, university faculty, high school and college students as well as K-12 teachers for guided tours and presentations inside this thriving working/teaching chemistry research laboratory.

This one-of-a-kind opportunity will allow visitors an inside look at this special research facility comprised of a group of visionaries, innovators, collaborators, educators and mentors who are passionate scientists and caring researchers dedicated to making the world a better place.

Unlike most large research facilities and university labs, the professional scientists at Oak Crest have the freedom to both conduct research and mentor students in a creative and intimate environment.

At Oak Crest, students engage in real-world research, not textbook experiments with predetermined outcomes! It’s a place where the unknown is explored with great passion. Oak Crest’s individualized approach to hands-on, in-lab education fills a unique niche: fostering an interest and participation in science research by the local community.

Find out how this innovative nonprofit is helping shape the future while inspiring today’s students with tomorrow’s science through mentored research and internships that will benefit us all for generations to come!

To register for this free event, go to Eventbrite.