Erskine BioOutreach scores another success

Posted on March 16, 2011

The BioOutreach team took Erskine on the road Saturday, March 12, for “Wicky Wacky Watkins,” an educational program for children in grades K-6 in nearby Honea Path.
The program was part of a birthday tribute to Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known as “Dr. Seuss,” author of such popular children’s books as The Cat in the Hat andGreen Eggs and Ham.

Biology students brought live snakes from the Erskine’s biology lab to a science room set up at the Watkins Community Center for the occasion.

One of the organizers of the event was Erskine Alumni Association President-Elect Nan Sherer Campbell ’86, who called the students from the BioOutreach team “great ambassadors for Erskine.”

“For the children to see their friends with a snake in their hands took away their fears and encouraged them to ask questions,” she said. “The BioOutreach team displayed unbelievable patience, showing the children how to hold the snakes and answering questions.”

Beta Club students from Belton-Honea Path High School served as tour guides for the elementary school students, Campbell’s children among them, as they went from room to room viewing the educational displays.

“They were as interested in the snakes as the younger ones,” Campbell said of the high school students. “It was a great learning opportunity for everyone. Even the snakes were tired at the end of the event!”

Erskine students and professors prepare BioOutreach programs that are interesting, exciting and fun for all grade levels from K-5 to grade 12. These programs can be offered in area schools or on the Erskine College campus. BioOutreach also offers “College Day,” a special opportunity for classes to come to the Erskine campus, attend three sessions, and have lunch in the dining hall. If you are interested in the BioOutreach program, please contact Dr. Mary Lang Edwards at (864-379-8717) or edwards@erskine.edu.