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Program Description

UCLA undergraduate mentors will come to Palms once a week on Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:45 PM. We will start with a demonstration regarding either the scientific method or engineering design process. The presentation about the demo will incorporate a critical concept relevant to the demonstration and to the students’ projects.

At the end of the four-month endeavor, each student will have completed a science fair project of their choosing. All students and associated parents/teachers/friends will be invited to come to UCLA for a science-fair, where the students share their ideas and present their projects.

The Bruin Experiment

The Bruin Experiment (Facebook page) is a club started in 2014 by UCLA neuroscience students. The club's goal is to help young students pursue technological and scientific interests, with opportunities to learn and experience hands-on science.

The club was piloted at the Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies (LACES), then expanded to also include Palms Middle School. Later other schools were incorporated: the KIPP Sol Academy, Mark Twain, and Webster middle schools.

Each year, UCLA students who are members of the club visit the two schools for 10 after-school mentoring sessions (Wednesdays from 3:15pm to 4:45pm) providing fun preparatory activities and presentations to excite middle school students about science, and to educate them about the scientific method. During part of each visit, students break into groups to cultivate ideas and select experiments.

The program culminates in a grand science fair in UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom (see below), with hundreds of people in attendance. To add to the friendly nature, Palms and LACES students participate in a UCLA Park Day where they socialize before they compete against each other in the science fair.

Thank you to Daniel Haeim, President of The Bruin Experiment, and to the rest of the UCLA mentors!

2018 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins Third Year Running!

Palms students' excellent science projects and commitment to the scientific method spelled victory at The Bruin Experiment Science Fair, held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Student projects covered topics such as water pollution, whether music affects how food tastes, color, sound, plant growth, computer hacking, germs, memory, personality type, and many more. Palms was the overall winner, coming in ahead of Webster Middle School and Mark Twain Middle School. This year, TBE presented one winner from each school as well as several honorable mention awards from among all the students. The Palms winners were as follows:

Overall Palms Winner:
Madeline Doi

Honorable Mentions:
Brendan Messinger
Danika Pienkos
Adnan Shavers

Congratulations to all who participated! Special thanks to Mr. Rubin for overseeing TBE and to the UCLA student mentors for providing sound guidance along the way.

2017 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins!

Palms students competed against each other and against other middle school students in The Bruin Experiment after-school program's annual UCLA Science Fair, held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 22, 2017.

Palms students won first, second, and third place, as well as four honorable mentions!

Winners:

  1. Navaneeth Srinivasan
  2. Samuel Fuchs
  3. Lana Neulander

Honorable Mention:

  • Summer Hamzeh
  • Charlene Huang
  • Amelia Moss
  • Tristan Zabala
2016 Science Fair Results: Palms Wins!

2016 Science Fair trophy

The 2016 Palms Science Fair team poses with the trophy

Palms students in The Bruin Experiment after-school program competed in the UCLA Science Fair, held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 10, 2016.

They presented the results of their experiments, alongside peers from the Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies, to a panel of judges.

Palms results

Second place overall:

  • Lana Neulander

Honorable Mention:

  • Samuel Fuches
  • Jeong-Min Hwang
  • Praykash Jeysankar
  • Ella Krieger
  • Alta McGruder
  • Victoria Rivera
  • Adrian Shavers
  • Zaynep Yulek

Of the 9 Honorable Mentions awarded, 8 went to Palms students. Based upon the average scores of all the projects, Palms was declared the winner of the Science Fair.

Faculty

Mr. Rubin

TheBruinExperiment logo

 

The Bruin Experiment 2019-2020

January - May 2020

Applications accepted:

First day: Monday, December 2, 2019

Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019

 

6th Annual Science Fair at UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

May 17, 2020, 1-5 pm

More Information

2019 Schedule

Letter to Parents

The Bruin Experiment Cheer (UCLA BTE!)

Lana Neulander won Second Place for her Dirty Money! project. See photo in slideshow above.