The Quanta Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 that creates an interactive community of high school students and college mentors by developing and presenting collaborative projects that encourage science communication.
A professor of mine linked this organization in with his class just a day ago. I felt it was a very important group to have out there and wanted to share with others who might be able to participate as well. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, we have initially focused our attention on providing mentorship opportunities to local high school students in the greater Phoenix area. Student teams are partnered with college students in Arizona to complete a semester-long multimedia project that explores a research topic grounded in science and society. The Quanta Team will coordinate the development of each student team's project-which includes anything from writing articles and recording podcast episodes to filming short informative movies-and facilitate active collaboration among the students, college mentors, and advising professors from Arizona State University. Each student team's project will be published on our interactive website. Additionally, at the end of each project cycle, The Quanta Inc. will invite all participating student teams and college mentors to attend a symposium celebrating their achievements, all of which will be published in a print journal called The Quanta Anthology. We offer high school students and classrooms what few organizations can provide: the simultaneous development of community, intellectual camaraderie, and college mentorship. Community is becoming increasingly important in our networked world, especially for students immediately destined for college. Intellectual camaraderie allows student teams to bond together in a rigorous academic and feel a sense of pride and responsibility in their accomplishments. College mentorship encourages students to explore possibilities. You can find out more information by going to <a href="http://www.thequanta.org/index.html" data-mce-href="http://www.thequanta.org/index.html">http://www.thequanta.org</a>.