Monthly Archives: October 2015

Vision To Your Future

Every year, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the School of Plant Sciences host an event open to high school juniors and seniors.  The Vision To Your Future event showcases all that the two departments have to offer.  This year, 7 Science NHS members traveled down to Tucson to listen to professors and students talk about their programs.

Zach and Edwin listening to an undergraduate student talking about her research

Zach Blowers, Edwin Vasquez, Sophia Thomas, Marlene Sanchez, Anthony Khalifeh, Anabel Blount, and Eric Hoang took the long bus ride from YHS campus to U of A campus to speak with undergraduate and graduate students about their experiences and research in the MCB and School of Plant Sciences.  Many undergraduate students at the university are able to participate in labs and active research in order to better prepare for their careers after college.  The SNHS students were able to ask them questions and learn a lot from them while at the event.

Marlene and Eric aggregating DNA from their cheeks.

The MCB and School of Plant Sciences also had several hands on activities for students to participate in.  The School of Plant Science gave away free desert for students to grow in their own backyard.  The MCB gave students a chance to aggregate DNA from their cheeks.  The students got to keep their DNA in small vials that they could wear.

The event is always a great opportunity for high school students to think about college and the college experience.  They get a chance to talk to college students who are not that much older than them yet participating in real, active research.  They also have a chance to speak to professors and advisers about how they should prepare for the next chapter in their life.  It’s always a great time and I look forward to bringing a new group of students next year.

Science at Buckeye Elementary School

On Wednesay, October 28th 5 members of Science NHS traveled to Buckeye Elementary school to engage Mr. Thomas Gibson’s 8th grade science in some science. Derric, Tatum, Kaley, Zach, and Sophia showed students a demo and walked then through a hands-on activity.

The SNHS students showed the younger students how gases can flow from one container to another. The Science NHS students did a demo where they mixed baking soda with vinager to create carbon dioxide. They could then pour the carbon dioxide out of the beaker over lit candles. The carbon dioxide, being heavier than air, flows down and puts out the flame.

Derric “pouring” carbon dioixde onto candles

Next the SNHS students walked the BES students through a hands-on activity using soap bubbles. The younger students created their own bubbles using different types of solutions: soap + water, soap + water + ethanol, soap + water + sugar, soap + water + corn syrup. They measured the time it took for the bubbles to pop. The high school students then explained why the corn syrup bubbles last the longest.

Tatum and Kaley blowing bubbles

All students really enjoyed day.  The SNHS students enjoy sharing their knowledge about chemistry and high school. The BES students enjoy doing some fun science without having to write about it.