Estherville Lincoln Central students visit Iowa Lakes for hands-on learning
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.
For More Information:
Vivian Dye at 912-362-8340