Middle schoolers experience science at ARDC
Students enjoy hands-on learning from UNL professionals
Name That Poo. Batty For Weather. Triangle Taste Testing.
Ten Wahoo Middle School 7th and 8th grade science club members recently had a chance to participate in these and other experiential classes at the Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) campus near Ithaca.
The event presenters were current employees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the areas of food science, natural resources, agronomy and technology.
Students who attended the biofuels session got to "cook grass." The purpose of this session was to discover the different types of sugars like cellulose and starches inside of natural objects that could be used as potential fuel sources. Another group of students extracted DNA from strawberries and bananas. First of all, they created an extraction using salt, water and detergent. Then, after filtering the fruit juice and extraction, they added rubbing alcohol to the solution and were able to separate the DNA for identification.
"It was cool to see the DNA," said 7th grader Caleb Groff. "And it smelled much better than the poop!"