Myong Shows Kids How to get Quantitative With Biology and Have Fun While Doing It!

11/5/2012

A Jefferson Middle School student learning about molecular and cell biology
A Jefferson Middle School student learning about molecular and cell biology
Every Wednesday afternoon, CPLC faculty member Sua Myong and her Bioengineering undergrads can be found stirring up some fun and excitement in the name of science at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign. In this after school program, Myong and her undergraduate students lead 7th and 8th graders in hands-on activities they developed. The lessons are intended to teach kids about cell and molecular biology, with a focus on techniques that enable scientists to make quantitative measurements of cells and molecules. These lessons highlight techniques that are central to research in biophysics and bioengineering, including some, like FIONA, that were developed here in the CPLC.

The goals of Myong’s outreach are to make science and engineering fun, approachable, and relevant to kids. Many of the students in this after school program come from groups that are under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Myong hopes to boost their confidence and help them see that a STEM career is not only within their reach, but would also be exciting and fun!
 
Photo credits: Elizabeth Innes of the I-STEM Education Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
For more on Professor Myong’s outreach program, see: http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/myong.html
 
For more on Professor Myong’s research, see: http://myonglab.bioen.illinois.edu/