Making Science FunJuly 2, 2014 5:21 pm
Mambo!? My name is Borna Kassiri and I am one of JBFC’s interns for the summer of 2014, a resident for a total of eight weeks. I am a rising junior at Duke University studying to receive a Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology, hoping to become a medical doctor.
I come to JBFC through a program called DukeEngage where Duke completely funds student projects that are in conjunction with NGOs all over the world.
In order for DukeEngage to accept my proposal, I had to prove that my project was beneficial and legitimate. I submitted a proposal that described JBFC and how my plans fit into JBFC’s mission. Luckily, I had come to JBFC last year as a general volunteer.
On my trip last year, I noticed that, when asking the girls and students what they wanted to be when they grew up, not very many of them were interested in pursuing the sciences.
Soon, I came to understand why the sciences were not so attractive to the students I spoke with. The reason I became so intrigued with science and medicine is because I have always had the opportunity to interact with the sciences throughout my education through labs and demonstration. It is hard to fully understand and appreciate sciences, like chemistry, biology, and physics, without incorporating visual and interactive components.
So, I contacted Chris, Seth, and Ashli asking if they would be interested in the creation of a science laboratory curriculum, so the students of Joseph and Mary could also interact and, hopefully, come to appreciate the sciences, as much as possible.
However, I think one of the most important aspects of my project is that I planned to co-facilitate the labs with the chemistry teacher at Joseph and Mary. The reason this is crucial is because it promotes the sustainability of my lab curriculum long after I leave JBFC. I believe that the most successful endeavors at an NGO like JBFC truly focus on sustainability and reproducibility. The past month I have been here, I have tested my labs to make sure they worked in my current setting and I have started teaching the curriculum to students and teachers alike. Stay tuned for another blog by me detailing the experience I had with the students, teachers, and labs I taught after my time here ends!
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