Middle School Students Visit University of Nevada Research Labs
On Monday, students from Depoali Middle School got a look at some rare scientific samples to help them learn about climate change.
About 160 middle school students got to take over some research labs on the University of Nevada campus. Teachers are hoping it will pique their interest in science and technology.
"We know from educational research that students are much more engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math if they can get their hands dirty," says Jacque Ewing-Taylor.
University researchers and Depoali teachers teamed up for a research expedition to Italy last summer. They brought back sediment samples from lakes that can help tell the story of how the climate there has changed over the last several hundred years. The students got to look at the samples under the microscope to see how what they learn in the classroom actually does have a real-world application.
Teachers say it's projects like these that get students excited about science and maybe makes them think about going into a stem career. "They've been looking forward to it for weeks, and so for them to come up here and actually get to do it, and if you look at them, you'll see everyone of them is involved and excited about doing it," says Freeman Holbrook.
Depoali teachers created a whole unit around this research and they used today's field trip to start it off.