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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 utilizes hands-on and project-based learning methods to give students and teachers a deeper understanding of the nature of science and the scientific process through participation in an authentic research experience, as well as to give students and teachers the ability to conduct school-based research to present in their classrooms and in competitions such as the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.


The SRC program is made possible by grants from the Siemens Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Science Foundation.

   last update: 03/02/2012