Caltech Welcomed a Curious Public to Its Inaugural ‘Science for March’ Event Saturday

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5:35 am | April 3, 2018

On March 31, Caltech opened portions of its campus to the public for a daytime event that gave families the chance to check out what Pasadena’s leading scientists and their teams are working on via interactive booths, learning stations, and TED-style science talks.

The all-ages day event inspired children around the world of science and let them meet real scientists who create innovative, cutting-edge technology.

“We want to give the local community….the opportunity to interact and celebrate science, see what scientists do, see some of the work we’re doing and really just engage the public on general scientific discourse,” said Caltech postdoctoral researcher Jason Marshall.

Those who attended were thrilled and excited by what they learned throughout the day:

“We had an awesome time speaking to hundreds of people about why they love science at Caltech’s ‘Science for March’ event this weekend. It’s important to remember that science needs to be accessible to everyone, not just stay in the lab!” said Caltech Letters via its Facebook page.

“The Caltech Postdoc Association and the Caltech Graduate Student Council put on an incredible event. Members of the local science community were out in force to share their research, knowledge, and excitement about science with the public. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to bring it together!” added Caltech Educational Outreach via Facebook.

Members of the community who were participants in the event also chimed in:

“A few very interesting statistics that I learned when I took my kids to the Caltech Science for March today: 1) In 2016, 100% of Americans who were awarded the Nobel Prizes in Sciences, were immigrants, 2) 43.9% of engineering and technology companies in Silicon Valley have at least one founder who were born abroad, and 3) 35% of Americans who were awarded Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Chemistry, and Physics, between 2000 and 2015, were immigrants!” said Facebook user Into Champon.

“Had a wonderful time at @caltech march for science! Walking robots, jelly bean DNA, and pH-sensitive cabbage water were all favorites,” said Twitter user @tfmiller3 (Thomas Miller).

The event was sponsored by the Caltech Postdoctoral Association; the Graduate Student Council; the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach; and other campus affiliates and made science more accessible to the local community, especially students in grades K–12.

Participating groups included Caltech, JPL, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Zoo.