Inspiring young scientists
Feb. 06, 2014 College News - The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center’s (BBC) Education Outreach program continues its efforts to inspire young scientists. This year, outreach mentors guided 7th grade students from St. Matthias Parish School in Milwaukee through the scientific process as they prepared for their annual science fair on Jan. 26.
Mentors helped students choose an idea, offered suggestions on how to best execute their project, provided tips on scientific writing and gave presentations while fostering the students’ scientific interest and awareness. Mentors worked with students both face-to-face and online, and St. Matthias students also came to the Medical College of Wisconsin to tour the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center. While in the center, they met with their mentors, toured the labs, and participated in various hands-on activities.
Additionally, students and their parents had the opportunity to return to the BBC after the science fair so the students could display their posters and the parents could meet with the mentors.
The BBC will continue this program in the spring with 4th and 5th graders from the Wauwatosa STEM school. This year’s outreach mentors include: Jamie Karcher, PhD, Research Assistant; Tim Stodola, graduate student; Dani Didier, Lab Manager; Alison Kriegel, PhD; Assistant Professor of Physiology; Jessica Olson, graduate student; Jessica Priestley, graduate student; Leonardo Fernandino, PhD, postdoctoral fellow; Kate Merath, PhD, postdoctoral fellow; Anthony Prisco, graduate student; and Anna Miller, graduate student.
Kate Merath, PhD, of the Biotechnology & Bioengineering Center mentoring St. Matthias students on their science fair project