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Introducing Students to STEM

  • James Lipchock, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Department Co-Chair, speaks with high school students visiting his cl...
    James Lipchock, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Department Co-Chair, speaks with high school students visiting his classroom.
  • Mindy Reynolds, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology, works with students in the toxicology lab.
    Mindy Reynolds, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology, works with students in the toxicology lab.
  • Optics lab
    Optics lab
November 19, 2019
Local high school students invited to participate in science labs and campus tours learned about the STEM opportunities at Washington College.

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.” 


Last modified on Nov. 19th at 12:11pm by Marcia Landskroener.