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Elementary School Programs

For elementary school students, STEP provides exciting hands-on science programs like Saturday Science Days and DNA Classes during GATE programs.

Saturday Science Days

Join us for Saturday Science Days. Each month, students ages 8 to 13 will have the chance to explore a new science topic with City of Hope staff and scientists by participating in informative lessons and fun hands-on activities. Recent topics have included “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” “Electric Energy” and “Food Lovers.” Saturday Science Days expose students to new ideas, topics, potential career paths and interests. The ultimate goal of the program is to instill a passion for STEM and expose youth to career options in science. We also want to make science fun! Saturday Science Days will run from October through May on the third Saturday of each month. The materials needed to participate will be provided for you!


When: The third Saturday of each month

Morning Session: 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Afternoon Session: 12:30 to 2 p.m.

This year, we are asking students to register for a semester worth of Saturday Science Days. Registration for the summer semester (June through August) will open on April 12th at 9 a.m.

For more information, please contact Danielle Guardado at daguardado@coh.org

Bradoaks Elementary Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) 

DNA-focused classes  | Fourth and Fifth

Since 2016, STEP has worked with Bradoaks Elementary School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program to provide after-school science enrichment programming for fourth and fifth grade students. We hope that by offering this programming, we can spark a greater interest in science and cancer research among students. Through this partnership, STEP scientists meet with Bradoaks GATE students for five or six lessons. Students learn about new DNA-related topics each year and participate in hands-on activities related to the lessons. During the last GATE session, students take a field trip to City of Hope where they take a tour and participate in three interactive labs.


 For more information, please contact Marisa Bowers at mbowers@coh.org.

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Middle School Programs

We run several different programs for local middle school students both in school and out, including class visits and field trips, Saturday Seminars, Saturday Science Days, and our Scientist Training Camp.

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High School Programs

STEP is excited to offer a variety of summer and academic year programs for high school students, such as our Online Hybrid Research Course and Saturday Seminars.

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We host Saturday Science Days, visit classrooms in the LA area, give students tours of City of Hope, deliver presentations at workshops and have booths at community events.