March 26, 2012

Emmanuel’s Center for Science Education Hosts New Program for Middle School Students

Emmanuel’s Center for Science Education Hosts New Program for Middle School Students

Throughout the month of March, local middle school students trekked to campus to participate in the "Saturday Science and Engineering Programming," sponsored by Emmanuel's Center for Science Education.

In all, nearly 25 students in grades 6-8 from the Greater Boston area participated in the new program, aimed toward providing a younger population with a positive experience in the sciences on a college campus. Students from Brookline's Pierce School, Boston's James P. Timilty Middle School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School in Roxbury participated in the program.

Students chose from two courses offered through the program, which took place during four two-hour sessions in March. "Can You Build This?" offered the chance for students to explore engineering principles by building their own toothpick bridges, mini trebuchets and gliders. The "Forensic Science" course allowed students to experience the science behind a crime scene by analyzing trace evidence, fingerprints, bite mark and blood stain patterns.

The Center for Science Education at Emmanuel College has been established to be a major resource in science for K-12 teachers and students, making available quality professional development for elementary and secondary science teachers, promoting scientific literacy, inspiring students to pursue careers in science and providing leadership in science education in Massachusetts. Through access to facilities and resources in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center, the Center for Science Education at Emmanuel College provides service to the Greater Boston community with a special focus on serving our urban neighbors.