Symphony At Salk

Bringing Science to Students.

The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to seek new discoveries in the biological sciences. Even as they work to combat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, diabetes and more, Salk researchers endeavor to make their discoveries accessible to the next generation by bringing groundbreaking science to the San Diego community through Salk’s Education Outreach program. For nearly 50 years, Salk’s world-class faculty and staff have imparted their passion and knowledge onto future scientists.

One prime vehicle for Education Outreach is the Salk Mobile Science Lab, which travels to middle schools throughout San Diego County and brings a free, three-day scientific experience that is unlike anything students can get from a textbook. Students study fruit flies under a microscope, isolate plant DNA and learn about techniques of DNA analysis, all hands-on activities proven to increase students’ interest in biological sciences.

“Science comes alive in the real world for the students,” says Linda Love from Hillsdale Middle School in El Cajon. “This personal influence, plus the opportunity to use real scientific equipment, has planted seeds will grow into future scientists.”

Since it first hit the road in 1996, the Salk Mobile Science Lab has reached more than 20,000 students. Many others have been inspired through additional educational programs Salk offers, including the Heithoff-Brody Summer Scholars Program, the March of Dimes High School Science Day, SciChats@Salk and Partnerships in Science Education.

Just as Salk Education Outreach serves the community, it relies on the community. Proceeds from the annual Symphony at Salk concert help support the Institute’s wide-ranging scientific inquiries and award-winning Education Outreach programs. The signature concert under the stars takes place this year on Aug. 25 and features Leslie Odom Jr., the Tony Award-winning star of Hamilton, along with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

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