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04/03/06

Georgia State, SSU Bring "Bio Bus" to Students

The Bio Bus The Bio Bus
Students like Destini Thomas got some hands-on education. Students like Destini Thomas got some hands-on education.

We could all use a break when it comes to our weekly routine, and that's exactly what students at Sol C. Johnson High School got today.

Destini Thomas always looks forward to science class, but today's lesson gave her a different view. The Bio Bus pulled into Johnson High, bringing with it a busload of education.

"We are a field trip that comes to the schools," said administrative coordinator Genevieve Edwards.

Destini says it was far from what she expected, citing "all the different experiments and all the dead animals."

All of them preserved in formaldehyde so the students can see the creatures in their true color.

"I expected to see artificial stuff, but it was real pigs and hearts and frogs and sponges," said student Tiera Walker.

The Bio Bus made its way to Savannah thanks to grants from Georgia State University and Savannah State University. The bus is 30 feet long and holds up to 15 students at a time. This mobile scientific laboratory is made for hands-on activities, giving the students up-close views of all kinds of creatures, some of them from the inside out.

Typically the bus and its teachers travel in and around the Atlanta area, but because students there are on spring break, local students like Destini get to take a turn. "I learned that science isn't just outside," she said. "It has to do with water and sound waves and different things that we use in science today."

The first stop for the Bio Bus was Johnson, and the rest of the week, it will travel to Beach High and Groves High.

The lesson didn't just stop at the bus. Teachers with the Bio Bus took modules inside the classroom so the students could do even more hands-on work.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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