(L to R) 9th graders Max Woodger, Simon Gough, Dr. Kate Eisele and Greta McClain open the STEM kit they received from the Society for Science & the Public. PHOTO COURTESY KATE EISELE

Lone Peak High School receives STEM grant

Students soon to study neurobiology and perform water testing

Lone Peak High School (LPHS) students will soon be able to study neurobiology thanks to a grant received from the efforts of science educator Dr. Kate Eisele. Science is a hands-on pursuit, both in application and in learning. The Society for Science & the Public was established in 1921 with the goal of spurring human advancement through the learning and appreciation of science. Hundreds of middle and high school educators apply each year for one of the nonprofit’s grants. This year, out of 427 applicants, Dr. Eisele was one of 100 teachers awarded one of its $1,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) kits.

The kits were created to encourage scientific inquiry in all settings, regardless of whether teachers are guiding their students remotely, inperson or through a hybrid model. Distributed through the Society’s STEM Research Grants program, they are funded by Regeneron, according to a press release.

“By providing teachers and students with STEM research kits and equipment, we hope to accelerate STEM learning and spark a curiosity in science and engineering topics, despite current circumstances,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was adapted to provide teachers the necessary tools for effective at-home learning. In order to better help educators adjust to their continually shifting environment and to maximize the money being spent, the Society purchased resources in bulk and developed multiple kits for educators to choose from.

LPHS students will be able to use a variety of instruments to conduct research outside of the classroom.

Among the instruments offered, Dr. Eisele selected three Neuron SpikerBox Bundles, a kit designed to encourage teens to study the brain and develop therapies to treat neurobiological disease. “The bundle gives budding neuroscientists exposure to the field early, introducing them to overlapping sciences, such as biology, chemistry, computer science and medicine. The built-in bioamplifier will allow students to hear and see action potentials in real-time.”

Also, four Foldscope instruments, or paper microscopes that work just like real microscopes, as well as six animal cameras and three water quality test kits have found a home at LPHS.

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