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Estherville Lincoln Central students visit Iowa Lakes for hands-on learning

February 8, 2017

First-graders gathered around associate professor Brian Bristow Tuesday in the biology lab as he drew back the paper covering a tray containing a hands-on lesson in anatomy — a set of real lungs and other organs taken from a pig.

A few students made faces and others just stared, fascinated, but all the Estherville Lincoln Central kids watched as Bristow inflated the lungs to twice their size with an air hose. And they listened as the Iowa Lakes Community College instructor explained human lungs work exactly the same way, expanding as air enters and shrinking as it leaves. Some of the kids took deep breaths to see if it really worked.

“The hope of this endeavor is to encourage younger kids to start thinking about how their education ties into the world,” said event organizer Vivian Dye, a member of Volunteers in Service to America with the Estherville CAN. “This hands-on experience, we hope, leads to a structured future helping to guide them into career interests and fields of study.”

The lesson wasn’t limited to anatomy. The students also learned how fingerprints can help identify who committed a crime, and how investigators can tell fingerprints apart. They had a chance to see the college’s mock jail cell, a training feature in its criminal justice program, and met with the college’s mascot, Captain Jack. Other students learned about how music uses layers of different instruments and voices to create songs.

The demonstrations were part of a cooperative effort by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Estherville Career Access Network, Buena Vista University, Iowa Lakes Estherville campus deans, Iowa Lakes Admissions, the Laker Ambassador Crew and the Iowa Lakes Student Senate.

Additional photos of this event are available here and here, or just visit the Iowa Lakes Community College Facebook page.

First-graders from Estherville Lincoln Central listen as they prepare for hands-on learning sessions Tuesday at Iowa Lakes Community College.
First-graders from Estherville Lincoln Central listen as they prepare for hands-on learning sessions Tuesday at Iowa Lakes Community College
 
First grade students from Estherville Lincoln Central watch Iowa Lakes Community College associate professor Brian Bristow inflate a pair of pig’s lungs using an air tube, illustrating how lungs work.
First grade students from Estherville Lincoln Central watch Iowa Lakes Community College associate professor Brian Bristow inflate a pair of pig’s lungs using an air tube, illustrating how lungs work
 
A student peers at mascot Captain Jack, who demonstrates the solidity of the bars in the mock jail cell at Iowa Lakes Community College.
A student peers at mascot Captain Jack, who demonstrates the solidity of the bars in the mock jail cell at Iowa Lakes Community College

For More Information:

Vivian Dye at 912-362-8340

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