Friday, March 12 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Wonderkids is an after-school, hands-on informal STEAM education program that serves K-5 students in seven participating LAUSD schools. The program provides inquiry-based science education and learning materials to students in the community. In addition to exposing children to advanced scientific fields and concepts at an early age, the program also serves to introduce students to professionals in specific STEAM fields. This offers socially and culturally diverse role models in science with the ultimate goal of encouraging these students to pursue their own scientific education and endeavors. The topics for Spring 2021 are animal science, polar science, anatomy, space science, stem cells, and dermatology/ surgery. The polar scientist is Jocelyn Argueta. Jocelyn Argueta is an author and science communicator from Los Angeles, CA. She is an alumna of UCI's biochemistry program and loves to combine science with the performing arts to get audiences, especially kids, curious about the world around them. She wrote and performed in her nationally-touring show "Jargie the Science Girl!" alongside her penguin lab assistant. In 2019, Jocelyn traveled to the South Pole as a PolarTREC educator to work on outreach with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Since returning to the warmth of SoCal, she created a 10-part YouTube series (in English and Spanish) called "Tiny Ice: Bits from Antarctica" that showcases Antarctic life and science. She is currently a web producer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and continues writing stories to help inspire the next generation of scientists.