The Science Preparation
Alliance of Rutgers and Camden (SPARC) is
an alliance of educational, scientific and service organizations
in the Philadelphia-Camden area, including Rutgers-Camden, public
and private schools in Camden City and Salem County, and Coriell
Institute for Medical Research.
to increase interest and enthusiasm among pre-college students
for science and scientific inquiry, especially in the biological,
brain, behavioral and cognitive (3BC) sciences.
SPARC also seeks to increase
awareness about science-related activities and opportunities
in the greater Philadelphia and Camden area, drawing on its partnerships
with universities and colleges, research institutions, medical
facilities and other organizations in the region.
The program is based on the belief
that understanding science is important because scientific knowledge
and principles are relevant to our daily lives. SPARC activities
are designed to help participants see
this relevance for themselves. The 3BC sciences are especially meaningful for
many aspects of everyday living. For pre-college students, learning about their
biology and psychology can help them master their own actions. Also, biological
and psychological investigations of human health and behavior provide students
opportunities to relate science and math to concrete aspects of their daily lives.
August 1, 2009