Posts by Darryl Bronson

A Positive Charge

I’m thinking of the day’s schedule school visit, the activity and the positive charge it will produce in me and the students.  I get so excited during our school visits.  It’s like the feeling I get on Saturday morning while watching my favorite cartoons. (Yes, I still watch cartoons)  The first class I ever taught was at Hine Jr. High School in Washington D.C. in 2005 and the activity was Mystery of the Crooked Cell. 

After the classroom visits,  the Science Fairs, After School Programs, NIST Adventure in Science and Take Your Child to Work Day programs, in this my 5th year as Mobile Lab Driver and Teaching Assistant, I still get excited when working with a group of students.  I’m the preverbal kid in a candy store with the keys and I even make the candy!

 As I ponder this, another thought comes to mind, in our effort to reinforce specific standards of science and exposure to FUN!  I have come to understand the importance of the program and the positive charge on students, teachers and the community.  In a time of educational cut backs, the layoff of teachers and the closing of schools, the DiscoverGenomic! Science Education Program is a sure sign that we have not left any child behind.

Thanks for a positive charge DG! Science Education Program!

Rocky Hill MS Explodes with Science

Mrs. Jill Maisch is the 7th Grade Science teacher at Rocky Hill Middle School who is responsible for the explosion with Science in Clarksburg MD. She, along with new teachers and veteran teachers to the DiscoverGenomics! Science Education Program attended our annual professional development this past summer.  The workshop not only exposes the teacher to genomics but prepares them for our mobile lab visits during that school year.  The teachers are key to preparing their students for an exciting opportunity to learn about advance techniques in the DiscoverGenomics! Science Education Program.  We commit to four visits with the DG! Mobile Lab to our middle schools when teachers participate in our workshop, as a result it makes for an explosive team!

Jill Maisch

Jill hard at work!

Our first visit to Rocky Hill Middle School on January 26th  taught the students how to use one of the many pieces of equipment they will use constantly in the program, the micropipette; as part of our “Practice Measuring Liquids” activity where they learn how to measure small amounts of colored liquid to create the visual spectrum.

Mrs. Maisch’s class was thrilled to learn about the pipette and that one million party goers could in fact share one liter of coke…of course in very, very one microliter small glasses.  Despite the cold and the snow from the two snow storms last week, we still exploded with Science! BOOM! I’m looking forward to our next visit on March 4th and the activity,” Case of the Bloody Crowbar” surely it will be as explosive as our first.