More than 100 eighth-graders from Walnut Hill, Keithville, Ridgewood and Youree Drive middle schools performed experiments at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center on Tuesday as part of the BioStart program.
Kenneth McMartin, LSU Health Sciences Center professor and BioStart program director, sees the program as an opportunity for youth to get actively engaged in not only learning science, but also creating meaningful relationships with mentors through the initiative. He hopes that through the program, science education will be revitalized.
“In general, not just in Louisiana, science education in the United States is deficient compared to what we should be,” he said.
Experiments conducted by students included learning about DNA, fluid dynamics and clinical trials. Students also learned how to develop a hypothesis, research and perform methods, and ultimately, test their hypothesis.