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Professor Yoshie Hanzawa's
Plant Biology 316 Service Learning Project
Canoga Park High School
Dr. Yoshie Hanzawa, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, is a new faculty member at CSUN this year. She found out about the Student Community Engagement opportunity in science at a Service Learning Workshop and developed a service learning component in her Plant Biology lecture/lab course BIOL316/L for Spring 2018 working together with science teachers, Mrs. Kumar and Mrs. Crowe, at Canoga Park High School.
More than eighty 9th graders received tutoring and instruction from Yoshie’s students during visits at the high school. Two field trips were organized to introduce the labs at CSUN and generate more interest in studying science. Students participated in experiments exploring, for example, a genetic variation using polymerase chain reactions using orange DNA.
A culmination event at CSUN on May 9th included student presentations about genetically modified organisms. Canoga Park High School students commented, “While collaborating with CSUN, we really enjoyed trying new experiments that were engaging. We also liked that there were a variety of presentations including Kahoots that helped us engage in it as well. Testing out oranges was also engaging. CSUN found a way to make things interesting. We also found it very welcoming that we shared turns coming back and forth to our campuses. If we were to collaborate with CSUN again, we should make sure that our school wifi, etc. is compatible with the presentation. We would also like to find a way to make more time for our lessons/experiments. We would definitely like to get more in-depth with GMO.” Overall, this project was a great success and will hopefully continue next year.