Visit to UNH Gets Fifth Graders Excited about Science
May 9, 2007
Forty-nine fifth graders from the Strafford Elementary school experienced
a day-in-the-life of a medical lab science (MLS) student when they visited
the UNH campus on April 20.
The students looked through microscopes set up with blood, fungal and
parasite organisms, used “clickers” in an interactive learning
presentation on blood cells, and watched a blood drawing demonstration
using a rubber arm.
Fifth graders are at the age where they get excited about learning new
things and their teacher, Randy Nix, saw how to connect the MLS lab activities
to their curriculum.
“This is a great way to excite them about the sciences. Since medical
lab science is very visual and hands-on we saw it as a good fit,” says
Adele Marone, director of the MLS program.
The science lab tour has been an annual event for the past four years.
Following their visit, students sent handmade cards to the MLS faculty
with pictures of what they had seen, and thank-you notes describing what
they liked best and what they learned.
“We try to relate MLS to their basic knowledge about their own health.
It's also a great opportunity to connect with the fifth graders and make
them aware of what UNH has to offer,” Marone says.