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Hygienic Lab's K-12 program brings hands-on science to classrooms

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Elementary, junior high and high school students across Iowa soon will be able to view Iowa bugs and fish through a "Critter Camera," build their own "edible aquifer" and explore public health career pathways during presentations by University Hygienic Laboratory staff as part of the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) "K-12 Connections" series, beginning in January.

"At a time when public health faces an aging workforce, we recognize the importance of introducing students to the sciences as a great way to attract future scientists," said Beth Hochstedler, training and outreach coordinator for the Hygienic Laboratory.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade can tune into the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) for the hands-on sessions about public health and laboratory science. The sessions last 50 minutes.

topics presented by laboratory staff in the 2009 "K-12 Connections" series are:

  • "Disaster Bingo: Get Your Kit Together," Jan. 15
  • "Stream Critters," Jan. 27
  • "Water, Water Everywhere," Feb. 3
  • "Where's Germy the Germ?" Feb. 17
  • "Edible Aquifers," Feb. 26
  • "Public Health: Pathway to Adventure," March 3
  • "Mom, Why Can't I Eat Hamburgers?" April 21

Descriptions of the classes are available online at http://www.uhl.uiowa.edu/educationoutreach/index.html.

Additional course listings and online registration is available on the IPTV Web site at http://www.iptv.org/iowa_database/eventsByTitle.cfm/ by clicking on the title of the course.

Additional information about UHL, its programs and services is available online at http://www.uhl.uiowa.edu.


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