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The USC Family of Schools consists of 15 schools surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. The program focuses on providing a quality education to the 17,000 children in the local neighborhoods. More than 4,500 USC students, faculty, and staff work with thousands of parents, teachers, school administrators, neighbors, police officers, and other community representatives. They strive to make the community’s rich resources — including its institutions of higher learning, museums, libraries, and recreational facilities — accessible to neighborhood children.

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Students check out the competition while waiting for their 2014 Botball seeding round contest. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Students check out the competition while waiting for their 2014 Botball seeding round contest. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

On May 2nd the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus hosted the annual Health and Science Expo, a project that introduces local 5th grade students from the HSC Family of Schools: Griffin, Murchison and Sheridan to science and health concepts, curriculum and potential careers.

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Students from the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Keck School of Medicine were paired with 11 5th grade classrooms to work closely over the course of 6weeks to develop different science and health projects that culminated in a one-day competition at the Health Sciences Campus. More than 350 5th graders were introduced to a variety of scientific fields, while gaining an understanding of the scientific method and how to conduct a science experiment.

During the expo, the children were gathered at the heart of the Health Sciences Campus where they set up their poster boards and their experiments and eagerly explained their work to the community judges, including members of the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Consulate General of Mexico, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, White Memorial Medical Center Community Leadership Council, Keck Medical Center and USC Academic Partnerships. The elementary students also had the opportunity to learn from health experts from the Keck Medical Center about the importance of hand hygiene, germs and nutrition through fun learning activities that were held during the day. More here