BAR HARBOR — About 100 fourth grade students from the five Mount Desert Island and Trenton elementary schools visited the MDI Biological Laboratory the week of Nov. 26 for an introduction to biology.
They learned how to use a microscope, made observations about a tiny nematode worm that is a popular animal model in scientific research and logged and analyzed their data.
“This is an amazing opportunity for them,” said Trenton Elementary teacher Diane Clark. “They love the hands-on experience and the opportunity to work with powerful microscopes that aren’t available at our school. They are totally on-task.”
The program was designed and led by Elisabeth Marnik, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bio Lab, with the assistance of Amber Wolf, the Laboratory’s education projects and training lab coordinator.