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Caltech Classroom Connection

http://www.classroomconnection.caltech.edu/
Caltech Classroom Connection (CCC) pairs Caltech volunteers with local pre-college educators. The volunteers contribute their time, knowledge, and energy directly in classrooms to increase precollege student understanding, appreciation, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The mission of the CCC is to create sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between Caltech volunteers and local educators.

Program Contact Information:
James Maloney, CCC Coordinator
(626) 395-2468

Caltech Summer Research Connection 

http://www.src.caltech.edu                                                                                                Hands-on research experiences and project-based learning allow students and teachers to make real-world connections to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and they provide for a richer appreciation for the scientific process of discovery and how that process impacts our world.

A collaboration between Caltech and the Oak Crest Institute of Science, the Summer Research Connection (SRC) creates small student-teacher collaborative groups and places them in research laboratories at either Oak Crest or Caltech where they perform scientific research under the guidance of research mentors. The SRC program is made possible by grants from the Siemens Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Science Foundation.

Program Contact Information:
James Maloney, SRC Coordinator
(626) 395-2468

Caltech InnoWorks

http://www.innoworks.org/newinno/Caltech.php

This week-long program hosts local middle school students for a week of hands-on science and engineering learning. The program is organized by the Caltech chapter of Innoworks with the slogan "By Students, For Students." The organization aims to get underserved middle school students more interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

"We try not to do too much classroom teaching but rather have each mentor work with three students—a ratio you never get in classrooms," said Nikita Sinha, 2012 student director of the Caltech InnoWorks chapter and a rising senior at Caltech. "The activities also relate to the students' daily lives, so the program takes science out of a textbook and makes it a lot more interesting and relevant."

Program Contact Information:
Caltech@innoworks.org

Solar Energy Workshop: Juice from Juice

http://www.thesolararmy.org/jfromj/index.htm

Juice from Juice is a workshop-based program intended for science teachers who want to learn stimulating techniques based on solar energy. The day-long workshop, taught by Caltech post-docs and graduate students, covers making a solar cell using blackberry juice (!), the physics of light energy, chromatography, and electro-chemistry. The workshops are fun, with novel labs and like-minded science teachers sharing ideas and learning together. The participants enjoy lunch with the Caltech scientists, and working in a functioning science lab. Workshops are held four times per year.

Program Contact Information:
Carolyn Patterson, Solar Army Outreach Coordinator
(626) 590-8803

Reel Science

http://www.caltech.edu/public-events-series (scroll to Reel Science)
A series of science programs featuring high definition films, followed by discussions with Caltech scientists. Designed for school groups grades 5 to 12, these programs are held on various Friday mornings throughout the school year.

Program Contact Information:
Cara Stemen, Manager
http://events.caltech.edu

Rise Program

http://caltechy.org/programs_services/tutoring
The RISE Program is an afterschool math and science-focused tutoring program that serves public school students between grades 8 and 12. The tutoring takes place on the Caltech campus on a weekly basis and is provided by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. The program is designed to help students gain greater competency in math foundations, improve skills in math and science and prepare students for college-level math and science.

Program Contact Information:
Liz Jackman, Student Programs Coordinator
http://www.caltechy.org
(626) 395-6163

SHArK

http://thesolararmy.org
SHArK is an outreach program between scientists at Caltech’s Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) and local high school students. The students are instructed in basic chemistry, and then they develop experiments to find a way to “power the planet”: find a catalyst that can use solar energy to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, where the hydrogen will be used as a fuel. The students are guided throughout the school year with their Caltech mentors, and present their results at an annual convention, held at Caltech in May.

Program Contact Information:
Carolyn Patterson, Solar Army Outreach Coordinator
(626) 590-8803

Center for Technology and Management Education

http://www.ctme.caltech.edu
Caltech's new Center for Technology and Management Education (CTME) offers education solutions to the challenges faced by technology-based organizations today. Based on over fifty years of Caltech management program experience, we have determined that customized programs offered to groups of professionals within technology organizations are often the most effective and rapid way to create the critical team knowledge base necessary to drive performance improvement and organizational success.

Program Contact Information:
Anne Campbell, Director, CTME
(626) 395-4046

Caltech Institute Archives

http://archives.caltech.edu
The Institute Archives serves as the collective memory of Caltech by preserving the papers, documents, artifacts and pictorial materials that tell the school's history, from 1891 to the present. Researchers will also find here a wealth of sources for the history of science and technology worldwide, stretching from the time of Copernicus to today.

Program Contact Information:
Charlotte Erwin, Head of Archives & Special Collections
(626) 395-2702

Caltech Free Online Course

http://work.caltech.edu/telecourse.html
An introductory Machine Learning course, taught by Caltech Professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa, runs periodically in a free, online format. The 18 lectures in this real Caltech course cover the theory, algorithms and applications of Machine Learning. Prerequisites: Basic probability, matrices, and calculus. The course includes live Q&A with online participation, as well as weekly online homework. Homework assignments have theoretical and experimental questions with varying levels of difficulty. Participants can choose to appear on a scoreboard, with ranking based on homework scores. For the full schedule and more information, please visit the website.

Program Contact Information:
caltechtelecourse@gmail.com