Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Midland College hosting annual Summer Science Academy

• Participants enjoy relaxed atmosphere, fun experiments

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This week (July 10-13), Midland College (MC) is hosting its annual Summer Science Academy for high school students. Eighteen Lee High School and Midland Classical School students, ranging from 9th through 12th grade, are participating in the 2017 academy taught by faculty of the MC Math, Science & Kinesiology division.

“This is a highlight of our summer,” said Dr. Miranda Poage, MC Biology department chair. “We always look forward to working with the high school students in a relaxed atmosphere that allows them to participate in hands-on experiments and learn about various fields in the sciences. Each year the instructors come up with innovative, fun experiments.”

Program areas that are featured during the week include kinesiology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, forensic entomology, genetics, molecular biology and microscopy. Dr. Poage is coordinating the academy and teaching some of the sessions. Other participating faculty include Jamie Kneisley, Math instructor; Dr. Paul Mangum, Biology professor; Marlana Mertens, Biology professor; Benjamin Ortiz, Math instructor; Dr. Pat Nandakumar, Chemistry professor; Joseph Schenkman, Biology instructor; Melissa Schenkman, Biology instructor; and Sheena Thompson, Kinesiology department chair.

Poage explained that a highlight of the week’s activities will be a “lava race” coordinated by Dr. Karen Waggoner, MC director of Institutional Effectiveness and adjunct Geology instructor. The lava races will take place today at 1:15 p.m. in Room 153 of the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building. Media teams are invited to the class.

The academy runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided to participants at no cost.

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