High School Outreach
Nathan Hale High School, May 2008
On May 7, a group from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle came for Paul Yager's public lecture on diagnostic tools for the developing world (now archived on our webcasts page). They had pizza with Paul and our Molecular Medicine grad students, and an animated discussion about what its like to go to college and grad school. Then they got to build fluid circuits similar to the ones Paul and his lab use to make their diagnostic tools.
Royal City High School, April 2008
On April 24, one of our Molecular Medicine certificate students, Amber Caracol, joined a group of five other members of the UW Chapter of Students for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), to meet with 32 students at Royal City High School (RCHS) in Eastern Washington. Students at RCHS are predominantly Latino (approximately 80%) and have the potential to be first-generation college graduates. Amber and the others talked with the students about going to college, and went over the UW application process with them. After lunch, the students participated in different hands-on science activities, which included strawberry DNA isolation, a pH lab, a "what is cancer?" activity and a mammalian dive physiology lab. In the evening the students accompanied their parents to a bilingual information session regarding science and pursuing a college education. After learning how to isolate DNA in the afternoon, the students taught their parents how to do the isolation in the evening. Amber reports: "It was fantastic to see the students’ confidence and their parents’ pride at watching their children perform science."
Garfield High School, April 2008
On April 9, students from Garfield High School in Seattle joined us for Denise Galloway's presentation on the HPV vaccine (see our webcasts page for a link to the lecture). They had dinner with Denise, toured our grad students' labs, and then Denise showed them samples of healthy human cells and cancer cells so they could make comparisons.
Mariner High School, February 2008
On February 6, seven students from Mariner High School in Everett had dinner with Molecular Medicine grad students and Professor Wes Van Voorhis, before his Molecular Medicine Public Lecture on malaria (now available via our webcasts page). They toured labs with the grad students and then rolled up their sleeves to dissect mosquitoes, load gels, and do other hands-on activities presented by Theresa Britschgi of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute's BioQuest program and Maureen Munn of UW Genome Sciences Education Outreach.
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