Monte Vista Science Alliance

2016-2017



What is Science Alliance?

Recognized by both the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award and former President of the United States George W. Bush, Science Alliance is an after-school enrichment program, serving over 200 students from 16 elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley. In the current technological era, it has become increasingly important that we build a strong science foundation in the youth in order to shape the thinkers, creators, and innovators of tomorrow. Founded with a mission to introduce elementary school students to investigative science and methodical inquiry, Science Alliance pairs up motivated elementary school students with honors high school mentors, who teach the scientific process while guiding the students through original science fair projects.



"I've never thought of myself as a science person, but I LOVED working with Carrie! Even though Science Alliance is over, we still get to talk a lot. No matter what, I definitely want to be a Science Alliance mentor someday."
-Alexandra Ramey, Science Alliance Student 2007

How it Works

Both the kids and mentors commit to this yearlong program that helps prepare the kids for middle school lab science and gives the mentors the opportunity to act as positive role models for younger students. Science Alliance holds events once a month for the mentors and kids to meet and discuss the ongoing process of their respective experiments. Each get-together has a fun theme, whether it’s the December Holiday Cookie Exchange or the March Ice Cream Social. The big finale is the April Science Extravaganza which includes the actual science fair, exciting activity stations, special presentations , and the highly anticipated awards ceremony (with past prizes including Six Flags tickets, movie theater passes, and Cold Stone gift certificates).



"I have seen many science fair programs for kids, but none with so many facilitation elements embedded in the mentoring process to help kids not only learn science, but also have a great time. All this culminating in a huge science fair is just fantastic! I would definitely like to see this model replicated throughout the state of California."
-Emmanuel Akanyrige, Diablo Valley College Professor, Science Alliance Parent 2007