The 2015 Summer Program started off with two weeks in Lewiston, Idaho working with local professionals, faculty and politicians to research into an area of interest for each participant.  Then we headed up to Moscow, Idaho to the University of Idaho for a week of research and finalizing presentation posters and mini documentaries about our projects.  Oh yeah, then we went to San Francisco…no big deal.  Actually, it’s awesome.  Here’s some of what we did!

How many hoods of SF can you name?
How many hoods of SF can you name?

We met with professionals to get our research questions answered at places such as the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Inside the Academy





Saw some nice lizards.  Named Ned and Flanders.


We visited college campuses like San Francisco State University


At SF State we talked to a psychology professor about how she uses STEM in her research.

We trucked on over to the University of San Francisco


Here we interviewed a professor about how they use STEM in their business models.

We went to the Palace of Fine Arts for an inspiring glimpse of architecture


POFA, as we’ll call it, is a monumental structure designed by Bernard Maybeck.  It was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.

On the way there we stumbled upon a little-known feature of San Francisco.  Kind of cool, right?



That’s us!

and then there’s the famous view of SF from Twin Peaks.  It was a little foggy that day, which apparently is the norm.  Just use your imagination. 🙂

SF Fog

We visited the Exploratorium in its new location at pier 15.  This facility is full of interactive science exhibits that demonstrate everything from physics to biology in very engaging ways.  Ignited curiosity and profound learning abound!



Spinning chain that shows the physics of waves and wave movement

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