LABS Series

LABS Series advances students’ intellectual curiosity and passion for STEM by exposing them to innovative research conducted by brilliant scientists in the field.


LABS (Learning Among Brilliant Scientists) students will gain access to new knowledge and be introduced to the skills needed to be a successful scientific researcher through workshops that include a lecture, seminar, and hands-on learning experience.


LABS Series develops the whole child by:

  • Engaging students in a unique educational experience to learn about a brilliant scientist’s current research work.
  • Promoting optimal challenge for students seeking opportunities to further their interests and passions in the STEM field.
  • Building a community of like-minded learners interested in STEM.

Next Lecture


Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA


Speaker: Ivanna Escala, NSF/Ford Graduate Research Fellow at Caltech Department of Astronomy

Topic: Chemical Evolution of Galaxies

Grade Level: 7th-9th

Program Fee: $60*

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need.


How can we understand the formation of galaxies in the local universe, when even the nearest galaxies are incredibly distant? What could we possibly know about a galaxy, just from the light we receive from its stars? Over the years, astrophysicists have learned that the answer to both questions is the chemical composition of stars in a galaxy. The heavy elements in the atmosphere of a star contain a wealth of information about galactic history. We will explore the various techniques astrophysicists use to learn about galaxy evolution from the chemical composition of stars, such as stellar spectroscopy from powerful telescopes and state-of-the-art computer simulations.




Participants will be:

  • Current 7th-12th grade students
  • Passionate about learning
  • Interested in pursuing an advanced STEM research topic



When: Once a month

Duration: 2.5 hours

Where: IEA Learning Center, 540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Cost: $50-$85*


*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. Price subject to change based on number of lectures in series.


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