North Hollywood High School has award winning Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams, as well as a strong presence in the LA County Science Fair, and some of the best high school science teachers around. They have all nurtured my passion for Science,Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM) for that I am very thankful for. However, most schools don’t provide this level of STEM education to their students.
Schools around LA, including some in the San Fernando Valley, are unable to provide the spark that ignites passion for STEM, thus my friends and I decided to create Project Magnify, a unique catalyst for STEM education. The mission of Project Magnify is to close the disparity in science education between schools by removing socioeconomic status from the equation, so that less than $25. However, the most unique feature of the microscope is the gaming aspect. Single celled organisms called amoeba are placed on slides under the microscope, and then players use a joystick to move small LED lights around. Through the magic of light stimuli, which causes the amoeba to move, the player can control the amoeba’s movements. This is projected onto a smartphone or tablet through its camera, and an app designed especially for this turns it into a game such as virtual soccer or PacMan. By Ronen Lee any passionate student is able to pursue a passion in STEM. Using 3-D printing technology, we create parts and assemble them into fully functioning microscopes, all for This takes quality science education and combines it with the fun games that all children know and love. Other activities include rock identification and geology, 3D printing technology and engineering, and computer programming related to 3D printers. We hope that these fun, hands-on activities will the provide the spark necessary to get kids interested in STEM.
On May 12, two of the founding members of Project Magnify went to showcase our presentation at Cornerstone Elementary School in Palos Verdes at their annual Science Night. There, it was an astounding success. The students loved the engaging approach to learning about microbiology, and were especially fascinated with the 3D printer itself. Soon, we will give the same presentation at a middle school in South Central L.A. Our goal there is to make up for the below-par science programs of many schools there, and of course to provide learning opportunities to pique interest in science. Our ultimate goal is to expand into a non-profit organization that can continue doing this on a larger scale. Magnify has given me the opportunity to help others develop a love for science, I truly believe it will be able to do so. For more information, visit http://www.projectmagnify.org/, and if you are interested, visit our gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/projectmagnify.