Sunday, May 27, 2012

Discover the Microbes Within: The Wolbachia Project on CNN iReport

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a scientist is seeing its undeniable impacts on students. 

This is a brief mention that CNN iReport posted a panel of 10 high resolution images and a story with some good quotes on a Peyton, CO classroom doing our science education series called Discover the Microbes Within! The Wolbachia Project. 

The Wolbachia Project's website is here.

I consistently hear from students that this discovery-based project is the best lab they do all semester and this high school group is no exception. Kudos to the talented teacher, Paul Austin, and his 25 new microbiologists/Wolbachia fans. 

Notable quotes from the iReport:
“This is exciting,” said Jaren Prestwich, 16, an eleventh grade advanced placement student at Falcon High School. “We’re getting in there and being a part of the whole field of science... This is actually recorded at the national and international levels.”

“These students are doing high-end scientific research,” said science teacher Paul Austin, who brought the project to 25 AP students at the high school

“This project pulls students into real world scientific research that teaches critical thinking and lab skills,” said Austin

“I didn’t know it’d be this complicated... Everything is so precise, so exact,” said Reyes. “I never expected to participate in a nationwide project.”  


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