LLNS gift benefits Pleasanton's high school science students

Linda A Lucchetti, LLNL, (925) 422-5815, lucchetti1@llnl.gov

Jim Bono, director of LLNL Public Affairs Office; Parvin Ahmadi, superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District;  Cindy McAneney, LLNS representative;  and Craig Kelso, Foothill High School science teacher with students during the presentation of the LLNS gift to the Pleasanton Unified School District.

Photos by Bob Hirschfeld/LLNL

Through a $10,000 gift from Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), the entity that manages the Laboratory, high school students from the Pleasanton Unified School District are using upgraded equipment in their science labs to better assist them in obtaining accurate data, completing projects on time, and meeting science curriculum goals.

A portion of the LLNS gift -- $5,000 -- was presented to Foothill High School's science department to acquire additional sets of probe ware and upgraded instrumentation in the school's science labs. Prior to the gift, teachers were required to share one set of probes among multiple classrooms, which often took time and led to data inaccuracies. The remaining $5,000 was presented to Pleasanton's Amador High School.

"Additional equipment allows us to use instrumentation, instead of indicators, in many labs," explained Craig Kelso, Foothill High School science teacher whose biology classes benefit directly from the LLNS gift. "This will improve the data we evaluate from qualitative to quantitative data and allow us to perform mathematical analysis of the data."

Teacher Craig Kelso and students examine a photosynthesis project using equipment purchased with funds from LLNS, during a biology class at Foothill High School in Pleasanton.

"We believe it is important for you to have the necessary equipment for your research," said LLNS representative Cindy McAneney, during a visit to Kelso's freshmen/sophomore biology class where the new equipment is being used with experiments on photosynthesis. "It is a fantastic opportunity for me to represent LLNS in presenting you with this gift."

LLNS provides funds to non-profit organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides solutions to our nation's most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.