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11,516: And We’re Just Getting Started

This week, Catalyst performed its last science magic show of the 2012-2013 school year. In just 4 months, the 32 high school members of Catalyst have reached 11,516 students across San Diego county. This accomplishment far exceeds our original goal of reaching 1000 kids.

ACS President Dr. Marinda Li Wu Joins Advisory Board

April 19, 2013 - Catalyst for Success is extremely excited to welcome the newest member of our Advisory Board, Dr. Marinda Wu. She currently serves as the President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is the largest scientific society in the world with over 163,000 members from over 100 countries worldwide, all with professional backgrounds in science. The Congressionally chartered organization also provides the world’s preeminent scientific databases and journalsthat are vital to developing research. Another main focus of the American Chemical Society is public awareness of chemistry and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields in general. ACS has been very successful with outreach programs that educate countless students across the globe.

Achievement and Expansion: A Week in Review


Catalyst Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

March 23, 2013 - This week, Catalyst for Success welcomes two new, very important members to its advisory board! After working with Catalyst’s CEO, Jason Ge, throughout the school year, Mr. Todd Cassen, the principal of Westview High, joined the Catalyst for Success Advisory Board. Mr. Cassen is extremely excited to join Catalyst, saying the organization is “one of those ideas that makes you wonder why people haven't thought of it before.”

Catalyst for Success Has Its First Show

February 1, 2013 – Catalyst for Success held its first official event at Sundance Elementary School. Two shows were performed, one for eighty fourth graders and another for eighty fifth graders. CEO Jason Ge introduced the organization by commenting on his achievements at the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad and explaining his first experiences with science and chemistry. Jason’s mother inspired his interest in chemistry by showing him a simple experiment when he was young. Jason stated to the students that the by performing chemistry magic shows he hopes to “give every student the same opportunity to be inspired by science as [he] was.” After introducing the rest of the members who facilitated the show -- James Chang, Aseem Keyal, Elisa Lupin, Erik Owen, Cameron Ramos, and Mary Zhao -- the show began.