Sparking Interest In The Field Of Science

By Brandi Devine

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is hosting its first ever Research Day. It's a program allowing students and members of the community to tour BU's campus and labs.

A spark of interest was the reaction Binghamton University was looking for during Research Day.

The 3 day event was geared towards firing up the minds of middle school students in the field of science.

"It's the idea that so many kids around middle school check out when it comes to math, science, and engineering," says Rachel Coker with Binghamton University.

Keeping them interested with hands on activities was key to the program's success.

"They're certainly asking a lot of questions, and they're not hesitating to answer questions when we ask them," says Teacher and PhD Student, Kyle LaFever.

Teachers organized activities including science and lab experiments, using items you can find right in your kitchen cabinet.

"We did this one lab with a black bookmark and you got to write, and you put a dab of nail polish on it with nano stuff," says student Emily Berg.

It's these experiments that can lead to something much larger.

The teachers were PhD students working to spread their knowledge and experience on younger minds.

"I kind of want to go to college to be a scientist or do something in the science field," says Berg.

As middle school students experienced a small taste of their futures, teacher caught a glimpse of the scientific future.

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