Sharing Science: HPU’s Mobile Lab Visits Quarry Park in Winston-Salem

High Point University’s Mobile Lab visited Quarry Park in Winston-Salem on March 31. Members of the community toured the lake and examined specimens under microscopes inside the lab.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 1, 2019 – High Point University’s Mobile Lab was part of Forsyth County Creek Week at Quarry Park in Winston-Salem on March 31.

HPU’s Mobile Lab is a state-of-the-art science lab on wheels, making biology and chemistry accessible to students in the community.

HPU’s Dr. Sandra Cooke, assistant professor of biology, partnered with Yadkin Riverkeeper, an organization aimed at protecting and improving the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, to host community tours at the park. Groups of about 25 people were able to explore the lake and study specimens under the HPU Mobile Lab’s microscopes.

“It was wonderful that community participants could actually see the water fleas that we collected from Quarry Lake,” said Cooke. “Seeing these tiny animals helps people understand ‘food webs,’ which happen when water fleas eat algae then fish eat the water fleas. It’s a much more engaging experience than me just talking about it or showing pictures.”

Ed Mitchell was there with his family and says HPU’s Mobile Lab is a great tool for the community.

“It’s good for people to see what’s in nature and for them to be able to observe and know what’s in the water,” said Mitchell. “A lot of people could gain knowledge from this on how nature works and how things grow in the lake.”

The HPU Mobile Lab was introduced to the High Point community in September. The Mobile Lab is integrated into HPU’s undergraduate education science curriculum and allows students to create experimental modules on HPU’s campus with the purpose of increasing the accessibility to sciences in the community.

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