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Middle school students to present research at free Morrill Hall event

Students at Community Learning Centers at three middle schools in Lincoln Public Schools are hosting a 'Sunday with a Junior Scientist' in Morrill Hall. The Museum is offering free admission that day, Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Park, Culler and Dawes CLC program students are the host scientists sharing their research information that they have been hard at work on the past few months.

The activities will focus on topics of animal behavior including migration, reptile feeding patterns, mimicry, mutualism, plus more.  Mentored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate and graduate students, the LPS students have been hard at work during the fall semester researching and developing activities as part of a year-long initiative led by Dr. Eileen Hebets, biological sciences professor at UNL.

The Malone Center, Cedars, Boys and Girls Club and Willard Community Center have also contributed to the success of this program.

This partnership provides a multigenerational approach to educational outreach in the content area of natural sciences. UNL students receive formal instruction by Dr. Hebets and invited colleagues from across campus on how to construct and deliver effective informal science activities. The structure pairs trained UNL students, as after school science club leaders, with middle school students in the CLCs. These middle school students and CLC staff, in turn, connect with elementary students in additional joint elementary/middle

These middle school students and CLC staff, in turn, connect with elementary students in additional joint elementary/middle after-school science clubs. This vertically integrated peer instruction design leads to a richer learning experience for all students, and ultimately a broader awareness of the natural sciences.


Published: December 2, 2016, Updated: December 6, 2016