2021 BEST High School Student and Teacher Research Program

Broad Exposure to Science and Technology

The BEST Program engages underrepresented RCSD high school students and teachers in the sciences and technologies that support LLE’s research. This broad exposure helps guide students in their pursuit of STEM fields and encourages them to explore STEM careers. Teacher participation equips educators with knowledge and experience that can be added to their curricula. Learn more

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, July 12 – August 20 2021

East High School classroom and laboratory

For more information contact:
, Diversity Manager
, Deputy Diversity Manager
, DEI Council Administrator

2021 BEST High School Summer Program

The participants of the BEST program in 2021 included (from left to right) East High teachers Trent Russell and Gavin Jenkins, East High students Yusuf Gazali, Reganae Walters, Taiasia Gibson, and Ramir Wearen, and program coordinator Terry Kessler, LLE Diversity Manager

The BEST students and teachers visited LLE

Amy Rigatti, Optical Manufacturing group leader, is seen explaining the work carried out in the coating facility

Karen Cera

Karen Cera, Safety Officer, presented the program’s kick-off safety training.

Tanya Kosc, Optical Materials Technology Group Scientist, is shown exhibiting a neodymium doped laser amplifier rod

Brian Kruschwitz, System Science Group Leader, is shown working with Ramir Wearen and Taiasia Gibson to construct a grating spectrometer

East High School students learning in the Broad Exposure to Science and Technology (BEST) Research Program for high school students and teachers

Mike Krowel

Mike Krowl, Electronics Group Technician, is shown instructing the students and teachers in circuit board technology including computer components and micro soldering techniques.

Stavros Demos

Stavros Demos, Optical Materials Technology Group Leader, is shown demonstrating the procedure for operating a spectrometer to measure the wavelength transmission of optical filter glass.

Mike Cambpell

Mike Campbell, LLE Director, is seen discussing science and education with East High students Reganae Walters and Taiasia Gibson.