Program Brings Hands-On Science To Schools

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Elementary, junior high and high school students across Iowa soon will be able to view Iowa bugs and fish through a "Critter Camera," build their own "edible aquifer" and explore public health career pathways during presentations by University Hygienic Laboratory staff as part of the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) "K-12 Connections" series, beginning in January 2009.

"At a time when public health faces an aging workforce, we recognize the importance of introducing students to the sciences as a great way to attract future scientists," said Beth Hochstedler, training and outreach coordinator for the Hygienic Laboratory.

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Students from kindergarten through 12th grade can tune in to the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) for the hands-on, 50-minute sessions about public health and laboratory science. The ICN is the state-operated, high-speed network providing video, data and Internet connections to schools, hospitals and other public buildings across the state.

A video link from the ICN connects Hygienic Laboratory scientists on the University of Iowa Oakdale Campus to students throughout Iowa. Topics presented by laboratory staff in the 2009 "K-12 Connections" series are:

--"Disaster Bingo: Get Your Kit Together," Jan. 15.
--"Stream Critters," Jan. 27.
--"Water, Water Everywhere," Feb. 3.
--"Where's Germy the Germ?" Feb. 17.
--"Edible Aquifers," Feb. 26.
--"Public Health: Pathway to Adventure," March 3.
--"Mom, Why Can't I Eat Hamburgers?" April 21.

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