BCM Family
for Faculty, Staff and Trainees
Volume 7, Issue 7
July 2010

BCM student volunteers lead successful science program

Scientists@SchoolThe May 2010 Scientists@School and Citizen Schools Baylor College of Medicine WOW program was a success thanks to the hardworking students and staff.

Scientists@School, an educational program for 6th through 8th graders in local middle schools, and Citizen Schools, a national education volunteer initiative, came together to host this unique program. Citizen Schools was founded in 1995 in Boston, and currently engages more than 4,000 volunteers across the country.

BCM student volunteers

Led by Baylor College of Medicine medical and graduate student volunteers, one group of middle school students had the opportunity to solve a food contamination mystery using scientific skills, and two other groups of middle school students focused on learning about the different systems of the body. The BCM medical and graduate students were able to refine their teaching and communication skills through working with the students.

Middle school students honed their science skills with the help of medical and graduate student volunteers through the Scientists@School program.

The food contamination group was taught advanced medical methods through analyzing information, blood type testing, toxicology testing, DNA extracting, and using molecular analysis, while the medical school groups learned through dissections.


At the end of the program, the students were given the chance to present their work to a large audience that included scientists and doctors from the Texas Medical Center.