5th Graders Learn about Bugs, Chemicals, Physics, Microscopes at Wesleyan

Fifth-grade students from Snow Elementary School in Middletown toured Wesleyan science labs June 10. They visited the Physics Department, Chemistry Department, Biology Department and the Scientific Imaging Lab. Pictures of their visit are below:

Researcher Isaac Lichter-Marck taught the Snow Elementary School students about caterpillars in the Biology Department.

Hannah Spada observed several live caterpillars and multiple moth and butterfly samples.

Fifth grade students, from left, Chloe Francis, Kayla Brake and Evan Hale check out the insect samples.

Hannah Zimmerman '13 also led the biology lab tour.

Students created cobalt chloride humidity monitors in the Chemistry Department. Avivah Malin, pictured, cut her monitor into a heart. Blue represents low humidity and no rain. Malin is the daughter of Yonatan Malin, associate professor of music.

Students create their humidity monitors.

Jeff Gilarde, director of scientific imaging, allowed the students to look through several microscopes in the Scientific Imaging Lab. "How much did that machine cost," asked one student. The answer? $500,000. "Wow. That's 100 times more than what I paid for my iPad," another student said. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Second from right, Biology Ph.D. candidate Kate Miller, teaches the fifth-graders about stream ecology. Here, she's showing the students equipment used to detect and record bat sounds.