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My project will support higher achievement in science in Los Angeles schools, and will contribute to the pipeline of scientists and engineers needed to replace the aging workforce in L.A.'s considerable technology and bioscience industries. As many as 50% of the current workforce in those industries locally will become eligible to retire within the next five years. A larger, more diverse pool of qualified engineers and others will benefit L.A. significantly over the long term. Further, increased familiarity and comfort with science at the middle and high school level will increase the number and quality of local applicants to college and technical programs. A better, more diverse, larger applicant pool will benefit technical employers in Los Angeles such as Baxter Healthcare, Google, Grifols, SpaceX, others whose hiring needs are expected to increase in coming years. In addition to this economic benefit to the area, my project may create a better understanding of scientific issues among the general public, including voters. Such a voting public will have a better understanding of how to evaluate what is presented in the media about science issues relating to public policy, such as energy generation, pollution, climate change, and many other issues. My project empowers future, voting Angelenos by helping them to acquire the background knowledge that they will need to form well-reasoned opinions on local issues of electoral interest.See Idea Details remind me