Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) members of the sixth grade Science Club explored their studies in a real-life laboratory Tuesday, April 9. Under the direction of Dr. Bill Nichols, a geneticist at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, the students learned about heredity and genetics.
“Dr. Nichols has been kind enough to do this twice a year for six years with our students,” said Steve Federman, LIS science teacher. “He started when his son, Bryant Nichols, was in sixth grade and has done it ever since.”
The young scientists got a hands-on lesson about using proper laboratory techniques to isolate wheat germ DNA; they also provided Dr. Nichols and his staff with their cheek cells so he could demonstrate how the FBI uses genetic research.
“Not only did our students learn firsthand about genetics, they also got the experience of working in a lab with a group of scientists,” said Federman. “You could see the amazement across their faces as they navigated through the lesson; the experience was priceless.”
Photo caption: LIS sixth grader Thorne Taul examines his project.