Introducing Students to STEM
On a chilly November morning, 75 students from Kent County High School and Cambridge-South Dorchester made their way to McLain Atrium in the Toll Science Center, where they were warmly greeted by students and faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, math, physics, and environmental science.
The goal of the day was to introduce local high school students to the STEM opportunities available at WC and inspire excitement about pursuing higher education in the sciences. Students participated in two different labs, a campus tour and lunch in the dining hall.
Mindy Reynolds, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology, led the toxicology session, which was a fan-favorite among the Kent County sophomores.
“Students worked through two fictitious scenarios. The first was a drug screening test and the second was determining the cause of death. For each scenario, students ran several different toxicological tests and then had to piece together the information to determine the outcome,” Reynolds says.
Reynolds hopes to put together a similar event next spring.
“The event was fun, I truly enjoyed working with the local teachers and high school students.”