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Third Graders from Linden Elementary Demonstrate the Technology at the Center for Science Education

Feb. 26, 2009

Linden Elementary School third grade students demonstrate their use of handheld microscopes to complete a scavenger hunt on a one dollar bill.

Pictured L to R, back row: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Program Director Michele Branton and ORAU’s Mike Wetzel look on as Linden Elementary School third grade students’ (L to R, middle row) Esther Gallmeier, Aubree Schuck, Will Jeter and Ryan Ochiltree demonstrate their use of handheld microscopes to complete a scavenger hunt on a one dollar bill. DOE’s Assistant Manager for Science Johnny Moore, far right, also receives instruction from one of the students.

During this week’s ORAU Board of Directors meeting, eight students from Oak Ridge’s Linden Elementary School and their teacher, Brent Lee (back row, far right), had the opportunity to work with the technology within ORAU’s new Center for Science Education classroom.

The third graders used small hand-held microscopes to search for various items hidden within a one dollar bill and then recorded their findings using an interactive SMART board.

At the event, ORAU also announced plans to kick-off a middle school science camp later this summer in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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