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Registration is now open for scientists and teachers to participate in LPS in 2017-18! We have a variety of participation options available: Teachers, click here to register your classroom; deadline is August 4th. Scientists interested in volunteering with the program, click here; deadline is August 4th. Scientists interested in being pen pals, click here; deadline to be […]

Registration is open!

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Since the beginning of the year, pre-scientists across the U.S. have been engaging with scientists and expanding their understanding of the world around them. We asked the pre-scientists what they learned about science from their pen pals during the year. Ranging from technical to humorous, we enjoyed this glimpse into the world of science from their point […]

Even strawberries have DNA

We’re excited to highlight another of our LPS teachers – Marcy Burns, who teaches 5th grade science in Ohio. She and her students are involved in taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to global scientific questions (how cool!) Here, she describes their experiences, and how their pen pals have helped to […]

Students are scientists

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As the school year comes to a close (how it’s flown by!), we’re already thinking ahead to the next year of LPS. Leading up to registration opening over the summer for teachers, scientists, and coordinators to sign up for participation next year, we’re excited to start a series of posts highlighting many of the ways this program […]

‘Why join LPS?’ #1: from the pre-scientists

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The scientist we’re spotlighting today, Chris Walthers, is a postdoc studying neuroscience/bioengineering at UCLA. He’s been a pen pal in Letters to a Pre-Scientist since its inception in 2010! Here’s Chris talking about his research- and sharing some amazing photos from it, too! Tell us about yourself! I live in Los Angeles, California. I am originally […]

Scientist Spotlight #7: Chris Walthers

The energy that the pre-scientists feel about Letters to a Pre-Scientist doesn’t only shine through in the letters they write, but in the smiles on their faces when they receive letters, as well. Their teachers build up excitement around the program by planning letter opening parties, when all of the students in the class open their letters at once, and […]

A letter opening party!

"Setting up a thermal infrared spectrometer built by me and my lab to take some measurements in Hawaii.  This was just a test, but ultimately this spectrometer went on to measure volcanic gas emissions at Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii!"
It’s not typically considered, but being a scientist can come with a fair share of opportunities to see the world. This might look like going to an international conference, or working internationally – like today’s Scientist Spotlight, Sarah Crites!   Tell us about yourself! Where do you live and what do you do? I am a […]

Scientist Spotlight #6: Sarah Crites

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For our next teacher blog post, we’re excited to hear from Julie Wojnar, a 5th grade teacher from Euclid, Ohio! Hello from Euclid, Ohio!  My name is Julie Wojnar and I am a 5th grade science and social studies teacher at Chardon Hills Magnet School in Euclid, Ohio, which is right outside of Cleveland, Ohio. […]

Making connections to the “real world”