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New K-12 Science Programs to be Launched at Pioneer High School

Pioneer High School students test out the new NASA flight deck simulator now in the school's library.
New hands-on science programs for all ages will soon be launched at Pioneer High School as part of a community-wide effort to provide local students with the skills they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


These fun, dynamic, hands-on workshops will begin with a special Summer Science Camp for grades K through 12 that will take place in July 2013 at Pioneer High and will cover a vast array of age-appropriate math and sciences including botany, biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, engineering and more.  Many of the classes are led by real scientists with years of professional experience who volunteer their time.


The programs are the result of a new partnership formed by the Whittier Union High School District, Los Nietos, South Whittier and Whittier City school districts with Team Science, a non-profit organization. Team Science is dedicated to providing programs that will inspire students to become life-long learners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.


“We are coming together to provide our young people with programs that will nurture their love and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math to prepare them to compete in those fields in both college and careers,” said Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “We’re providing the launch pad and can’t wait to watch them take off.”


During the last 21 years, Team Science has grown to become a premier non-profit organization working to bring children quality enrichment programs and to ensure that students are given opportunities to pursue successful educations and careers in STEM-related fields.


“We are thrilled to have the opportunity tobring Team Science programs to Pioneer High School and the Whittier community,” said Marie Mungaray, President of Team Science. “Our goal is to instill the love of math and science in every heart and the power of math and science in every mind.”


Team Science’s Summer Camp will include classes such as Astronomy, Energy is a Blast, FUNdamentals of Flight, Magnets & Electricity, Space Trek, and Tinker's Corner, said Mungaray. The Space Trek class will offer students the chance to see what it's like to operate a NASA flight deck through the use of a simulator recently installed in the school's library.


“We are very excited about the Team Science summer course offerings,” said Monica Oviedo, Principal of Pioneer High School. “The Summer Science Camp is going to be a great way to get our local kids enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering and math.”


Mungaray says students who complete Team Science programs have gone on to pursue math, science, technology, engineering, law, and business degrees at prestigious universities such as M.I.T., Caltech, Stanford University, Harvard University, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pomona, Whittier College, and the United States Air Force Academy.


Many Team Science alumni have also achieved successful positions in organizations such as the Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) in the United States Air Force, the Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company, Cisco Systems, and many others, Mungaray said.


For more information about the Team Science Summer Science Camp, call (562) 698-8121, ext. 5000.