EARLY COLLEGE HIGH STUDENTS SEE SCIENCE IN THE REAL WORLD
Hands-on-learning, students say, is always more fun, especially when paired with high-tech equipment not usually found in the classroom. Earlier this month, two dozen students from Johnston County’s Early College High School displayed some serious concentration skills while taking part in an opportunity brought to them by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The experience rode up to their door in the form of the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program, a custom-built, 40-foot bus equipped as mobile science laboratory.
Students in the Early College’s honors chemistry class became laboratory technicians tasked with determining the amount of protein found in three common sports drinks. Building on lessons already learned in the classroom, they used their skills to measure absorbency, collect quantitative data and produce a standard curve to identify the protein content in each sample.
DESTINY’s science educator, Nick Hoffman, gave students a quick tutorial on the equipment they would be using to perform the procedure. They learned that protein concentration undergoes a distinct color change when mixed with chemical bonding agents.