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Clemson and District Five Collaborate on Science Curriculum

Science educators from T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools are working together with Clemson University faculty to provide high school biology students the opportunity to learn more about advanced scientific research and its effects.

“EMRGE,” which stands for Ethics in Medical Research and Genetic Engineering, is a project supported by Clemson's SC LIFE Project and involving Clemson University faculty from The Rutland Institute for Ethics, the Center for Academic Integrity, and the SC DNA Learning Center collaborating with science educators from the two District Five high schools.

Last week over 210 District Five biology students traveled to Clemson to participate in activities such as faculty-led discussions about the impacts of advanced research, an investigation of stem cell differentiation at the South Carolina DNA Learning Center, a Bioengineering Department presentation on how tissue engineering works, as well as discussions about the Clemson experience from students in the FIRST program (first generation in their family to be in a four-year degree conferring university) and career opportunities related to the field trip.

The visit included opportunities for Clemson students to meet with the biology students. At lunchtime, the biology students had the opportunity to speak with Clemson student volunteers in various degree programs about their experiences and ask questions. Some Clemson students in the School of Education’s high school biology track volunteered in the learning center, at the information sessions, and during lunch. Later in the school year the students will conduct a genetic engineering investigation on their home campuses with their teachers. 

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