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School of Medicine's Science Programs for 5th through 8th Graders Featured on WTHR TV

Bruce Kopp
Bruce Kopp


August 1, 2011

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IU School of Medicine's free, full-day science education enrichment programs for 5th through 8th graders – Brain Link and Middle School Academy of Science and Health Sciences (MASH) - will be featured tonight (Monday) at 5:30 p.m. in WTHR’s “What’s Cool in School” series.

The series is reported by Bruce Kopp, co-anchor of Channel 13’s "Eyewitness News Sunrise" broadcast.

Brain Link is a three week, summer program that is designed for fifth and sixth graders. It focuses on the brain’s anatomy and physiology. Training activities include hands-on laboratory dissections using the frog as the animal model; rigorous mathematics and science preparation and enrichment classes; daily writing exercises and nightly reading assignments; and on- and off-campus exposure to practitioners in health care who describe their discipline, tools and techniques.

MASH offers seventh and eighth graders three weeks of classroom and hands-on laboratory training through the implementation of two age/grade curricula centered on the essential requirements of living organisms. Seventh graders investigate nutrition and digestion while eighth graders study reproduction and DNA using the fetal pig as the animal model. Training activities include: hands-on laboratory dissections of the fetal pig; early high school mathematics and science preparation and enrichment classes; daily written journal entries and nightly reading assignments; and close and personal contact with doctors, dentists, research scientists and allied health professionals.

These programs are funded and staffed through the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development’s Division of Diversity Affairs.

Tonight’s broadcast marks the third time programs at IUPUI have been featured in the “What’s Cool in School” series. Previous segments showcased a new major at IUPUI that focuses on social media and IUPUI’s nanotechnology camp.