Young Scientist event Jan. 30

A Young Scientist Roundtable event, titled Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., at Coon Rapids High School.

Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 students and their parents are invited to attend this month’s free Young Scientist Roundtable, which is a program designed for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and their parents to hear ideas and developments in many scientific fields presented by experts. There is no registration.

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will be presented by Dr. Allan Hunt, who has been practicing orthopedic surgery for more than a decade. He has a bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University and degrees in medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery from the University of Minnesota.

Named as a “Top Doctor” by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine, Hunt specializes in sports medicine, and his expertise is in reconstructive surgeries of the shoulder, knee and hip.

From 7-8 p.m., Hunt will speak and use slides to illustrate a number of musculoskeletal issues.

From 8:10-8:40 p.m. is the teen roundtable portion of the event, during which Hunt will perform a knee replacement surgery on saw bone models. This is ideal for upper elementary through high school students and their families.

Future Young Scientist Roundtable events are:

• Feb. 3, Microsurgery and Electrical Principles with Dr. Allen Van Beek, University of Minnesota and Plastic Surgery Specialists.

• March 3, Relics of the Early Solar System – Comets and Interplanetary Dust with Dr. Russell Palma, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

• April 10, to be announced.

The February and March programs will take place at Wayzata Central Middle School, 305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth.

Young Scientist Roundtable is a partnership of many Twin Cities area school districts and is coordinated by Wayzata Public Schools Community Education. District partners currently include Anoka-Hennepin, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Lakeville, Minnetonka, Mound Westonka and Orono.

It is funded in part by the General Mills Foundation and in the past has also received support from the Vernon James Pick Foundation and FilmTec Corporation.

For more information, contact Charlene Barghini at 763-745-5208 or email Charlene.Barghini@wayzata.k12.mn.us.

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