LabLink was created by Solon High School graduate Sloan Zimmerman. Its first summer of mentorships was in 2008, with five members. Sloan created LabLink with the desire to help garner interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields, an interest that has been somewhat weak in the United States. By helping to establish mentorships that link capable and interested high school students with professors in the students' field of interest, Sloan hoped to give the students the ability to experience a field of study hands-on.
Although it is still a novel club, it is quickly garnering interest in students from Solon High School and already has a large outreach to facilities throughout Cleveland, including some of the most advanced research institutions in the city, such as Case Western Reserve University and NASA Glenn Research Center.
Any motivated high school student is welcome to join. If you are interested, look under the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page and send an email to one of the officers. If you are the first student to become a part of LabLink in your school, you will have the privilege of being the founding member there. Our goal is to have the club spread to high schools throughout the city, and hopefully the state and country.