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NSU’s Science Alive! Program Visits Afterschool S.T.E.M. at the Alvin Sherman Library

Emily Schmitt, Ph.D inserts fruit DNA into necklace tube.

Emily Schmitt, Ph.D inserts fruit DNA into necklace tube.

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, NSU’s Science Alive!, under the direction of Emily Schmitt, Ph.D., presented  Women of Science: Past, Present and Future  at the free, monthly Afterschool S.T.E.M. program, hosted by youth services librarians Kristina Knott, Katherine Labuda and Meagan Albright at the Alvin Sherman Library.  Science Alive! is a program in which NSU science students work within the community to help bring science to life for children of all ages.

Schmitt and several of her NSU science students spent time working with children in grades 4-6  and grades 1-3 from the local community who had  signed up for the Afterschool ST.E.M. program. Together, they performed hands-on science experiments.  In one session, participants extracted DNA from fruits and vegetables in honor of the work of biophysicist Rosalind Franklin.  In another session, they created cell models and learned about the work of cell biologist Lynn Margulis.

To learn more about NSU’s Science Alive! program visit:  TEDxNSU Talk by Emily Schmitt, Ph.D

To learn more about free programs offered at the Alvin Sherman Library visit Alvin Sherman Library or call 954-262-5477.