Shreveport, LA — Student in the Bio-Tech Academy aren't just hitting the books to study science. Tuesday, the students in the special program at Southwood High School in Shreveport got to mentor 8th graders at Sci-Port.
The program, run by LSU Heath Shreveport, tries to give students a hands on experience to get them excited about science. Tuesday, the seniors in the program were able to share their love of science with younger students, trying to get them excited as well.
Activities included using a leaf blower to show blood moving through arteries, a balloon to show lungs and smashed bananas to isolate DNA. And while this may just sound like a fun day away from school, there is a higher purpose to this day.
Most of the students in the Bio-Tech Academy come from families that have probably never been to college, and LSU Health Shreveport wants kids to be interested in going to college and hopefully become scientists.
Even for students that have always loved science, this program opens their eyes to what part of science interests them most.
The BioStart Internship is made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).