RICHLAND, Wash. — Five Pasco High students will give a “Secret Scientist” presentation to legislators at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in Olympia.
 
Jennifer Luna, Sulina Escobedo, Cezar Sanchez, Roman Lara and Nestor Alcaraz are part of the Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities MESA/Access to Science program based at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
 
The students will hold an open house in the Legislative Building Senate Rules Room 220 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will showcase their bilingual Harvesting Science portable exhibits developed by the Pacific Science Center. They also will present a short science demonstration for the legislators — part of the bilingual “Secret Scientist” show that they’ve performed at migrant daycares, festivals and the MESA Middle School Conference.
 
MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) provides educational opportunities for underrepresented students in kindergarten through 12th grade, helping them explore math and science careers, stay on track for college, and working with their parents on ways to support their children’s education.
 
The Acceso A La Ciencia (Access to Science) program is designed to increase the number of Latino students from rural Washington state who pursue a science, technology, engineering or math degree in college. This is done by offering informal science and educational resources in local community events and schools. Acceso A La Ciencia is a grant funded to YVTC MESA by the National Science Foundation and is run in collaboration with the Pacific Science Center, Radio KDNA, and WSU Tri-Cities.
 
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities offers 17 baccalaureate, 12 master’s and six doctoral degree programs. The campus added freshman and sophomore courses in fall 2007 to become a full four-year public university, extending the WSU land-grant mission of providing affordable, accessible higher education. For more information, call 509-372-7250 or visit www.tricity.wsu.edu.