Area high schoolers visit Alabama campus for science showcase

Science Event

High school students from around West Alabama visited the University of Alabama campus Friday and got a taste of what scientific research is like.

Students from Choctaw, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties checked out the labs with UA researchers, observing cancer cells under a microscope, conducting water quality measurements and DNA extraction.

UA doctoral student Dean Bunnell said hands-on experience is the best learning tool.

“As an undergraduate student, taking courses is great but once I actually got into a lab and started doing things myself, that’s when things really become reinforced and you’re actually forced to learn those techniques,” Bunnell said.

The event was part of Alabama Science in Motion, a program that’s part of the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative that creates partnerships with universities and local high schools.

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