News Release| CEaS National Lab Day; Cal State L.A.


Media Advisory

Next stop is Combustion lab as 7th-8th graders engage
in science activities at Cal State L.A. Friday, May 14

New Center for Energy and Sustainability to do its part for first National Lab Day

Note to editors and news directors:  Coming from Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, 55 seventh- and eighth-grade students will visit Cal State L.A. Friday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., to commemorate National Lab Day. Reporters are welcome to join them. To make photo arrangements, please contact Alex Abramyan at (323) 343-5399.

Coordinated by the recently established Center for Energy and Sustainability (CEaS) at Cal State L.A., the activities will include a tour of some CSULA laboratories as well as interactive lessons on combustion, computer analysis and bridge design.

The CEaS at Cal State L.A.—funded by a five-year $5 million Centers for Research Experience in Science and Technology grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)—is a multidisciplinary research center. Directed by Civil Engineering Professor Crist Khachikian, the center encompasses four areas of study: fuel cells, photovoltaic cells (high-efficiency cells), combustion (burning fuel sources and looking at efficiency), and carbon sequestration (capturing carbon from the atmosphere and pumping it into the ocean or the land).

National Lab Day is a nationwide initiative to build local scientific communities and foster ongoing collaborations to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. For details, go to

The CSULA program will begin at the Engineering & Technology Patio on the campus. The University is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeways. For more about the CEaS at Cal State L.A., call (323) 343-5399 or go to  

Group 1 (Red) ~18 students

Group 2 (Green) ~18 students

Group 3 (Blue) ~18 students

Arrive and welcome (9:30-10)

Arrive and welcome (9:30-10)

Arrive and welcome (9:30-10)

Tour (10-10:45)

Combustion (10-10:45)

Bridge Design (10-10:45)

Combustion (10:45-11:30)

Computer analysis (10:45-11:15)

Tour (10:45-11:30)

Lunch (11:30-12)

Lunch (11:30-12)

Combustion (11:30-12:15)

Computer analysis (12-12:45)

Bridge design (12-12:45)

Lunch (12:15-12:45)

Bridge Design (12:45-1:30)

Tour (12:45-1:30)

Computer analysis (12:45-1:30)

Wrap-up (1:30-1:45)

Wrap-up (1:30-1:45)

Wrap-up (1:30-1:45)

Depart (1:45)

Depart (1:45)

Depart (1:45)


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