High School Students Solve Mysteries at MNU Summer Camps
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More than 20 area high school teachers from Olathe, Spring Hill, Osawatomie and beyond brought over 120 science students to MidAmerica Nazarene University’s science camp. The 6 one-day camps provided students full access to MNU’s biology, chemistry and forensic lab facilities as they solved mysteries like the ones seen on major TV dramas. The camps were free of charge due to a five-year Teacher Quality Preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Kris Kennedy, RN, an Olathe North teacher in the CMS First Responder Program says her students learned a lot at the camp.
“The kids have been mesmerized,” she states. “They’ve been into it since 8 a.m. this morning and now its 3 p.m. and they haven’t lost interest. They love seeing the four-year university experience too,” she added.
The Science of House: Solving Medical Mysteries and The Science of CSI: Solving Chemical Mysteries series wraps up this week. MNU plans to offer more opportunities for local schools to partner with the university to enrich student learning according to Gary Andersen, EdD, associate professor of education in MNU’s School of Education and Counseling.
MNU biology professor Dr. Rion Taylor demonstrates the proper procedure to load DNA for gel electrophoresis for students from Olathe North High School, at the June 15 session of MNU’s science camp.