Chemistry in Action

Like forensic experts on the hit TV show “CSI,” Bosco Tech seniors in the Materials Science, Engineering & Technology program are applying their chemistry, physics and calculus lessons to determining the chemical makeup of unknown substances, making wondrous discoveries of their own every day.

Students in the school’s college-level Chemical Analysis class are using lab equipment and research techniques well beyond the reach of most high school classes.

“These students are using complex methodologies like those used by chemists,” explains Bosco Tech alum and course instructor Mr. Aldo Corona. “The experience they’re getting gives them a solid background in research no matter what their field in college.”

Rosemead-based Don Bosco Technical institute is unique in many ways, not just its ability to prepare the rocket scientists of tomorrow. This Catholic boys’ high school owes its success to cooperative efforts on the part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Salesian Order of St. John Bosco, and industrial and business leaders of the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, and is the only technology-based school of its kind in the state.

Bosco Tech offers a unique “shadow” experience for prospective students, in which elementary and middle school students are given the opportunity to “shadow” a Bosco Ambassador for a day and gain a real-life campus experience–from chem lab to lunch.

Anyone wishing to schedule such an experience may contact Olivia Kelly in the Admissions Office at (626) 940-2011 or by e-mail at More information about Bosco Tech is available at

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