Project Examples

Mentoring Program with Lowell High School

Course: 16.541 - Introduction to Biosensors
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Xingwei Wang
Partner: Lowell High School (LHS)

Through a graduate student in the course whose alma mater is LHS, connections were made with key science and math teachers. A voluntary assembly was held for HS students with an interest in learning more about biosensors. Later, HS students were invited on a tour of lab demonstrations at UML. During the summer HS students were paired with UML grad students to work on specific projects in the biosensors lab.

During the Spring of ’07 HS students were once again paired with UML grad students to work on specific projects in the biosensors lab; the grad students work with the high school students in 3 projects and help them gain knowledge and interest in biosensors. The interest of the HS students has been great and they have even continued the cooperation with their mentors during the summer.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Graduate students have more interest in research and projects when teaching high school students as mentors
  • Graduate students improve their communication skills and presentation skills.

Community objectives met by S-L project:

  • Inspire high school students’ interest in research
  • Practice their hands-on experiment skills
  • High school students have more sense in electronic parts and circuits during the projects