McKinley students discover the scientist inside

It’s not rocket science, but when geologists and doctors, chemists, pilots and engineers set up shop Jan. 31 at McKinley Elementary School, students discovered the scientist inside.

University of Minnesota medical student Emily Wolff describes to students the ins and outs of the heart. Also on display in the medical science room during McKinely Family Science Night were models of the liver, kidney, lungs and other organs. Photo by Sue Austreng

University of Minnesota medical student Emily Wolff describes to students the ins and outs of the heart. Also on display in the medical science room during McKinely Family Science Night were models of the liver, kidney, lungs and other organs. Photo by Sue Austreng

Together with parents and siblings, McKinley kids got up close and personal with science during McKinley Family Science Night.

Under the direction of 3M’s Visiting Wizards, University of Minnesota medical students and volunteers from the Minnesota Space Consortium, the Ham Lake RCA (Remote Control Aircraft) Club, Medtronic, Connexus and the Anoka County Library, budding scientists explored rocks and minerals, anatomy and aircraft – all the while opening their eyes to marvels as yet unknown to their evolving scientific minds.

“This is a great night. So much fun for everyone, so many lessons, so much discovery,” said Amy Rigemo, organizer of the event for McKinley.

“There’s more way cool science at our McKinley homepage.”

Rigemo encouraged the curious to log on and check out www.anoka.k12.mn.us/mckinley. Click on “Way Cool Science Stuff” on the navigation bar on the left.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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