NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- SciTech Educational Solutions (scitecheducation.com), a consulting firm that innovatively teaches science and math to the brightest minds in New York, traveled to Haiti to highlight how easily Haiti's Youth can be empowered.
Huddled around a microscope, a group of students examined a freshly made slide of a blood sample collected by fellow student Marie Christie Pierre who agreed to prick her finger. Kim Magloire, a Haitian-American and president of SciTech asked, "Do red blood cells have a nucleus?" "Of course they do," they all chimed in French. "Then identify the nucleus of a red blood cell on the slide," said Magloire. When nobody could find one, she promptly explained that in humans, red blood cells eject their nucleus in order to move easily through a blood vessel. "Really? I never heard that before," said Mirlame Ceant, another student.
"My hope was to show these students that Biology is relevant, engaging and interactive," added Magloire. When Magloire heard that many of these students had never seen a microscope, SciTech partnered with FONDASYON FELICITE, a Haitian organization, to bring student microscopes to Haiti. "Engaging the Youth in learning is vital to Haiti's future," she added. "I remember how using a microscope sparked my interest in biology and encouraged me to pursue degrees in biology and epidemiology."
In April, SciTech brought medical supplies and microscopes to local physicians after learning their offices were destroyed during the earthquake. When she saw that traumatized youths were idle in the tent camps she visited, she was determined to deliver school supplies in tent camps identified by FONDASYON FELICITE, founded by historian Bayyinah Bello.
"FONDASYON FELICITE was pleased that SciTech would work with these students, many of whom want to be doctors," said Bello. "Haitians are so used to rote memorization that the chance to have a hands-on workshop that would challenge them to think critically was exciting."
Magloire also discussed the various blood types and its impact when they become pregnant. Their homework assignment: find out your blood type. When the workshop was over, the girls continued to practice how to use the microscope. "I've seen one in class but was not allowed to touch it," said Hugette Henry. "I can't wait to come back and see what they can teach me," added Magloire.
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