Students and faculty from the undergraduate and education programs at Albizu University, Miami Campus, hosted interactive science experiences for 85 Westminster Academy (WA), Fort Lauderdale, middle schoolers on March 29, 2017.
WA seventh grade science and engineering teacher Mrs. Katy Coury reached out to faculty of the AU programs for a possible collaboration between the two educational institutions that would provide her students with a unique learning experience to enhance the concepts she has been working on with them in class throughout the academic year. Dr. Rafael Martinez, director of the AU undergraduate and education programs, was very pleased to endorse this partnership. Faculty across the education and psychology disciplines and the university administration teamed up to develop an engaging academic experience for the Westminster middle school students.
Dr. Jaime Picañol, doctoral psychology faculty member, and lab assistant Maria Rodriguez focused on forensics, neuropsychology, and the concepts of memory, learning, and cognition. They demonstrated the concepts using various hands-on models, including human and sheep brains; mice and mazes; and a forensic exhibition with ballistics and blood evidence, among other items. Dr. Amy Ellis, undergraduate psychology faculty member, discussed the life sciences, scientific observations, and mental health awareness and gave a unique interactive presentation on careers in the psychology discipline. The presenters fielded questions, encouraged discussions, and focused on the scientific method with WA students. Dr. Floralba Arbelo, education faculty member, was the point of contact and organizer for this event.
Albizu University operates on a community-based framework and encourages collaborations with schools and community organizations that have a positive impact on young people. Thank you to Dr. Jaime Picañol, Dr. Amy Ellis, and the undergraduate and education programs for hosting this memorable scientific experience for WA middle school students.