Jorge Peñas (Masters student, Department of Genetics)
Throughout the academic school year LSUHSC faculty, staff, and trainees volunteered to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related topics to 4th graders at elementary schools within the greater New Orleans area. These events were part of the Science Youth Initiative, a program organized by Dr. Fern Tsien (Department of Genetics). On May 14th, a total of 75 fourth graders from Esperanza and St. Peter Claver Elementary Schools visited the LSUHSC campus for the annual Science Partnership Field Day. The children participated in various activities including human organ demonstrations, making models of blood components, drunk simulation goggles, and isolation of DNA from strawberries. Special guest Dr. Corey Hébert gave an inspirational talk to the kids. Lunches were provided courtesy of Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor for LSUHSC, and Dr. Joseph Moerschbaecher III, Vice Chancellor for LSUHSC. Teachers were recognized for their commitment to the program and each fourth grader received books and comics to take home. The Science Youth Initiative would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out throughout the year and anyone who donated to the campus wide book drive.