Students from Marian University’s School of Mathematics and Sciences shared their knowledge with Hoosiers of all ages at Celebrate Science Indiana on Saturday, October 4.
As part of service learning assignments in Dr. Kimberly Vogt’s Cell Biology and Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis courses, students spent their entire Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds interacting with families to teach them about the “Science of the Senses”.
"I have students participate in this event to help them expand their resumes, build communication skills, and actively engage in the Franciscan values of Dignity of the Individual and Responsible Stewardship," said Dr. Vogt.
Additionally, students from the class were charged with the task of developing the activities that would help explain how our senses work on a cellular level. With over 4,000 attendees at the event, Marian University students engaged with approximately 700 attendees and distributed approximately 300 educational science books to kids.
“At my station, I explained the nerves in our hands and why they are more sensible there, compared to up higher, close to the wrist. I also had five boxes of different objects and they had to stick their hands inside and tell me what they felt,” said Lauren Simmons, a senior majoring in biology. “Everything went great and I was glad to be a part of it. I enjoyed teaching kids all their senses.”