Madeline McCurry-Schmidt details TSRI’s Saturday Science program on Feb. 6 – the intro:
“On February 6, The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) was filled with the sounds of laughter, applause and the occasional “ew!”
About 100 students from five San Diego area high schools were visiting campus for TSRI’s Saturday Science program, a series of biology and chemistry lectures, lab tours and demonstrations.
The lecture that day, presented by TSRI Assistant Professor Dennis Wolan, was a lively introduction to microbiology and the bacteria living in our intestines and on our skin.
“Whether you like it or not—you are a walking petri dish,” said Wolan.
For local teachers, Saturday Science is a unique way to expose students to biomedical research and future career options. “I’m always trying to find ways to get my students real-world experience,” said Joshua Hill, a chemistry teacher at Mar Vista High School.”