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MIT science program for teens gets grant

A Public Service Center science exploration program that serves teenagers in Boston and Cambridge recently received a large grant from the 484 Phi Alpha Foundation.

The $45,000 grant will cover three years of support for Science Projects at MIT (SciPro), a science program started in 2001 that offers young people from Boston and Cambridge the opportunity to work on science-related projects of their choosing with MIT mentors.

The goal of the Public Service Center (PSC) program is to foster enthusiasm both for science and academics. Students present their projects to family and friends, enter science fairs and participate in other science-related activities. The program provides all necessary supplies, field trips and food.

This is the second grant SciPro has received from the 484 Phi Alpha Foundation. In 2003, PSC received a three-year $90,000 grant to support SciPro with the stipulation that the grant support the program needs of Cambridge students.

The 484 Phi Alpha Foundation is composed of a group of alumni from the MIT Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

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