Re: [Histonet] kids and histology
I just finished doing tours for 80 eight grade girls to spark an
interest in science and engineering. I found that almost all the girls
watched a program called C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation). This program
is quite the in thing with young people. Capitalizing on that show, I
proceeded to take some cantaloupe "fixed" in ethanol and tell the girls
that the lab had received a mysterious specimen from our university mascot
(a Tiger...orange parts, you see) and we needed to find out what had
happened to our Tiger. The girls drew a number out of the hat and the
winner got to embed a piece of the Tiger and section an already embedded
portion of Tiger/cantaloupe (closely supervised by me...of course). I also
had embedded a goodly number of "tiger" tissue so they each got to take a
piece of the Tiger home with them.
Of course, this would be for middle school and up. There are all
sorts of non biohazardous fruits and veggies that work quite well for show
and tell. All you need is your imagination! Now I'm working on trying to
stage a mock crime scene where we find some tissue and have to rush it
through the lab.
The response has been an overwhelming success!
Linda Jenkins, HT
Dept. of Bioengineering
Clemson, SC 29634-0905
Histonet mailing list
<< Previous Message | Next Message >>