WJH students get hands-on
Washington Junior High School students in Grades 6 through 8 received some hands-on science lessons when they boarded a University of Illinois Extension Mobile Science Laboratory.
The Science on the Go bus came to Washington Junior High School in Riverdale from Monday, January 10th through Thursday, January 13th.
Eleven eighth grade students had the opportunity to dissect dead albino rats inside the mobile lab on January 13th.
Dr. Oyewole “Dr. Oye” Ajifolokun, a licensed veterinarian and University of Illinois Extension animal science educator, guided the students through the process and spoke to them about the rat anatomy and its similarity to the internal human structure.
The students worked in pairs with those who opted to do the actual cutting of the rat assuming the role of surgeons. Their partners served as surgical assistants.
Dr. Oye explained the instruments students would be using and the proper way to handle them. He watched the youths as they performed the dissections and helped those who needed a little assistance. Dr. Oye also challenged the students to name some of the characteristics of mammals and commended them for their correct responses.
The Science on the Go lab is no stranger to Dolton West Elementary District 148 schools. The vehicle also was visited by students at Lincoln Avenue School and Roosevelt Junior High School during the 2009-10 school year.
The mobile lab features 11 individual desk-work stations and is equipped with refrigerators, wireless Internet access, and various scientific equipment. The hands-on learning lab is available to Chicagoland schools, libraries, community centers, churches, community fairs, museums, and neighborhoods.