My efforts to reach out to the community takes the form of The Junior Science Investigators Program (JSIP), a concept project that aims to raise scientific competency among low income and other underprivileged students who have traditionally underperformed in the natural sciences. A key feature that differentiates JSIP among other intervention programs is its emphasis on exploration of Science through hands on investigation and quantitative measurement. When developing this program and the activities to be delivered to the students, science content standards established by the California Board of Education are used as a model. Ultimately, I desire to not only spark an interest in the students towards the field of science (in hopes to increase the number of underrepresented students entering the science field) but also increase the overall proficiency level in Science. Background: Testing mandated by the state of California shows that there are pervasive and undeniable disparities in Science education. These disparities begin in elementary school and fall along ethnic and socio-economic lines. Lack of access to quality Science education at an early age can have significant negative impact on the pipeline of underrepresented students that pursue careers as research scientists, health professionals, engineers and other Science oriented careers. A failure to address these inequalities early on may hinder efforts made at the high school and college levels. Project Descriptions: The project is still very much in the developing stages, and consists primarily of myself and George Hightower, MD/PHD student attending UCSD School of Medicine. We are launching JSIP at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School (student body comprised of 40% Hispanic/Latino, 40% African American, 13% White, and 6% Asian. English language learners make up 36% of the student body, 5% 5th grade class tested at or above proficiency level in Science). Our initial focus is on grade 5 at Tubman every Wednesday and Thursday during school hours. While we spend half the class time lecturing and developing key concepts that are within their grade level curriculum; we spend the remaining thirty minutes introducing stimulating experiments and hands on activities that allow them to observe the concepts they just learned with tangible examples. We have primarily been using ScienceWiz books and kits, commercially available materials that explore each Science concept with a variety of hands on examples along with a supplemental booklet. All kits have been approved by the State of California Department of Education as supplemental material. This project has tremendous potential to grow to additional grades within Tubman, as well as extend to the greater San Diego population; specifically schools that exhibit the same demographics and overall need. I have already received requests to attend the 7th grade class at Gompers Charter Middle School. At this time, we are launching a Saturday Science Academy at this school, which will deliver the same structure of instruction to 7th grade students. Our current goal is to develop the number of members within JSIP in order to meet the demands of further classrooms.