The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program from UT Health San Antonio had such a good time today doing science experiments with Palo Alto College STEM summer experience participants!
The youth were here as part of a visit through the Students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Summer Experience program. The summer program is run by Palo Alto College.
The STEM Experience is supported by Palo Alto College’s SEEDS grant funded by the Department of Education HSI-STEM & Articulation Program.The experience is a full day pre-teen and teen program and allows students age 12-18 to participate in hands-on activities in STEM related fields including Biology, Engineering, Chemistry and more.
During their visit to UT Health San Antonio, we led a few science experiments including “How to Build DNA with Candy,” “How to Build a Microscope with Your Cell Phone,” and “Extracting DNA from a Banana.”
“I always enjoy making candy DNA with students. They are always excited at the end when they get to hold DNA. It takes something that can seem very abstract and allows the students to understand it in a very tangible way,” explained Courtney Johnson, a student in the Biochemical Mechanisms in Medicine Discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. “It always sparks conversations about mutations and how that can affect our health. Most of the time, the students that at the beginning just wanted to eat the candy are now reluctant to dismantle their precious double helix. ”
Following the experiments, IMSD students answered questions from the participants in a Q&A format.
The Graduate School had such a good time today doing science experiments with Palo Alto College STEM summer experience students!