Event Title

Microscopy and Ecological Succession

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

27-4-2018 10:30 AM

Document Type

Poster

Description

The intent behind my project was to introduce the concepts of Ecological Succession and Microbiological Life to middle school students in the hopes that they might learn something about ecology, be more aware of the abundance of life that constantly surrounds them, and possibly choose to seek employment in a scientific field later in life. To do this I created booklets and tests for the students and was supplied with algae cultures to use with the school’s microscopes as prime examples of microbiological life alongside the samples they or I had collected. The vast majority of the students did well on their tests and often exhibited interest in the subject, asking questions even beyond what we were discussing. Out of all ten students, eight did better on their post-tests than their pre-tests, one was unchanged, and one saw a small reduction in their post-test score. They completed their booklets on time, they handled the microscopes with more care than was expected of them, and with a few exceptions they were attentive and rarely disruptive. In summation, I set out to educate and interest the next generation, and experienced success in both endeavors. This project was part of an Honors contract in Biology 125 with Professor Steven Giambrone in Fall 2017.

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The faculty supervisor for this project was Steven Giambrone, Biology.

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Apr 27th, 10:30 AM

Microscopy and Ecological Succession

CoLab, OCB 100

The intent behind my project was to introduce the concepts of Ecological Succession and Microbiological Life to middle school students in the hopes that they might learn something about ecology, be more aware of the abundance of life that constantly surrounds them, and possibly choose to seek employment in a scientific field later in life. To do this I created booklets and tests for the students and was supplied with algae cultures to use with the school’s microscopes as prime examples of microbiological life alongside the samples they or I had collected. The vast majority of the students did well on their tests and often exhibited interest in the subject, asking questions even beyond what we were discussing. Out of all ten students, eight did better on their post-tests than their pre-tests, one was unchanged, and one saw a small reduction in their post-test score. They completed their booklets on time, they handled the microscopes with more care than was expected of them, and with a few exceptions they were attentive and rarely disruptive. In summation, I set out to educate and interest the next generation, and experienced success in both endeavors. This project was part of an Honors contract in Biology 125 with Professor Steven Giambrone in Fall 2017.