I teach at an inner-city Illinois elementary school. I teach 7th grade. My students are from low-income families and are eligible for free lunch. As a teacher and lover of science, I want to instill my love for discovery, exploration and inquiry in my students.
I recently began to teach my students about human genetics, and they really showed an interest in the topic.
We now have compelling scientific discussions regarding mutations and heredity. Because my students have shown such an overwhelming interest in science I would like to continue the momentum gained and introduce them to forensic science. However, teaching forensic science theory is great, but adding forensic science lab experiences really will make this a fabulous and “real” learning opportunity.
The resource that I need for this project is a Fetal Pig BioKit. The students will take the role of a pathologist and actually perform a fetal pig autopsy! I will show them a video about fetal pig anatomy to prepare them for the autopsy. This will allow for several lessons all leading up to the culminating autopsy. This will be a project that my students will remember for a lifetime. As they have not had any experience with hands-on biology, this project will be an excellent forum to introduce them to higher levels of learning and retaining that information learned because of the method of delivery.
This project is also important because minorities and women are underrepresented in the field of science.
By introducing my students to a fascinating field of science, their interest in science will grow and perhaps one day they will become scientists themselves. My students and I would be greatly appreciative if you are able to fund our project.
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