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WJH students get hands-on
science experience
These Washington Junior High School students worked together to open a plastic bag containing a dead albino rat. The youngsters had the opportunity to dissect rats inside the University of Illinois Extension Mobile Science Laboratory.
These Washington Junior High School students worked together to open a plastic bag
containing a dead albino rat. The youngsters had the opportunity to dissect rats
inside the University of Illinois Extension Mobile Science Laboratory.

The Science on the Go lab visited the Riverdale school Monday, January 10th through Thursday, January 13th.
The Science on the Go lab visited Washington Junior High School
Monday, January 10th through Thursday, January 13th.

Students, above and below, worked in pairs and assumed the roles of "surgeons" and "assistants" as they performed rat dissections.
Students, above and below, worked in pairs and assumed the roles of “surgeons”
 and “assistants” as they performed rat dissections.

Photo of two girls dissecting a rat.

Photo of two girls looking inside a rat.

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.

 

These boys, above and below, were among those who served as surgeons.
These boys, above and below, were among those who served as surgeons.

Photo of a boy cutting open a rat.

Dr. Oyewole Ajifolokun, a licensed veterinarian and University of Illinois Extension animal science educator, talked to students about the characteristics of mammals and the similarities between the internal structure of rats and humans.
Dr. Oyewole Ajifolokun, a licensed veterinarian and University of Illinois Extension
animal science educator, talked to students about the characteristics of mammals
and the similarities between the internal structure of rats and humans.

Students watched and listened as Dr. Oye demonstrated the dissection process.
Students watched and listened as Dr. Oye demonstrated the dissection process.

Dr. Oye viewed the students in action.
Dr. Oye viewed the students in action.

Students sat at 11 individual desk-work stations inside the mobile lab.
Students sat at 11 individual desk-work stations inside the mobile lab.

 


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