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The National Science Foundation recently provided California State University, Los Angeles, a three-year, $300,000 grant to boost adolescents' interest in science. "Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Up for Youth" uses fees earned from companies that import foreign specialists to engage students in year-round science, math, and technological activities. "We hope this will motivate students to pursue careers in these fields," says Sylvia James, director of the NSF elementary, secondary

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The National Science Foundation recently provided California State University, Los Angeles, a three-year, $300,000 grant to boost adolescents' interest in science. "Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Up for Youth" uses fees earned from companies that import foreign specialists to engage students in year-round science, math, and technological activities. "We hope this will motivate students to pursue careers in these fields," says Sylvia James, director of the NSF elementary, secondary, and informal education division (ESIE). The program aims to "undo the myth that science is difficult, dull, and that it can't be exciting," says Jewel Plummer Cobb, a trustee professor at Cal. State, Fullerton. Other NSF youth science programs include workshops at the Bronx Zoo in New York for 180 low-income high school students and riparian field ecology along Boston's rivers.

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