Armen Award Project Spotlight – Sarah Krajewski

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Sarah Krajewski’s Biology 101 for Future (BI101E) class is taking part in an Academic Service Learning project that is in the running for this year’s Armen Award!  This class challenges GRCC students to not only learn the biology content of the course, but to also translate that content into age-appropriate lessons for early elementary or middle school students.  This year the class is partnered with Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM).

GRCC students taught a variety of lessons to first and second grade classes at IHM and a group of middle school students were invited to a GRCC lab classroom for their lesson.

IMG_2724The second grade class studied owls by learning what owls eat and dissecting owl excrement pellets collected by GRCC students.


IMG_2711The first grade class learned about the life cycle of a bean plant.  GRCC students brought in bean seeds and plants at different stages of development for study.


Bi101 and IHMMiddle school students used the GRCC lab classroom to study DNA, DNA extraction and DNA fingerprinting.


Instructor Sarah Krajewski says of the experience:

  • This ASL project has been a wonderful partnership. The  GRCC students were given an authentic teaching experience and an  opportunity to meet and get feedback from professionals in the field of  education.  The classroom teachers at Immaculate Heart of Mary gave the GRCC students feedback on their lesson through a written evaluation. The  GRCC students reflected on their lesson and gave a presentation on what  they learned from the experience to the BI101E class.  This experience has enhanced the IHM science curriculum because it provided the students with an opportunity to engage in a laboratory experiences with lab equipment that would normally not be available.

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