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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.

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