Shan Kalaria was one of the nearly 500 7th grade students that attended the Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day on Friday at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
“So I learned solution density over there…I learned how to give CPR to a baby or an adult. It’s really interesting… I would like to be a doctor when I grow up, or a scientist… So I would love to go to a lab and research,” said 7th grader at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Shan Kalaria.
Out of all the activities,his favorite part was…
“Probably CPR because it’s important to save others lives using a defibrillator, or resuscitation…you know,” added Kalaria.
“We’re really trying to open their eyes to careers in the life sciences and we find that 7th grade is a good time to expose students to career opportunities. They’re starting to think about what they want to be when they grow up so this is kind of a good time to try and catch them when they’re thinking about it,” said the Communications and Media Relations Manager for the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, Ellen Poltilove.
Students who attended received lots of hands on science and medicine experience from local research organizations and colleges.
“They are going to meet with pharmacologists people who are experts in epidemiology…people who are experts in forensics … Nursing. They are going to meet with people who are studying Alzheimer’s disease and they can see a brain specimens up close. Some students are going to a scenario where they can learn about mosquitoes,” said Poltilove.
“It’s actually really fun experience how you do like hands on activities, because some people just get like bored by like teachers in a classroom and not doing anything,” said 7th grader at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Ashley Davis.