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Science Grant Will Bring Wood-Ridge Pupils Bovine Intervention

Wood-Ridge Intermediate School sixth grade students will dissect a cow eyeball as part of Liberty Science Center's Traveling Science Program.
Wood-Ridge Intermediate School sixth grade students will dissect a cow eyeball as part of Liberty Science Center's Traveling Science Program. Photo Credit: Liberty Science Center

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. — Sixth-graders at Wood-Ridge Intermediate School will get an up-close look at a cow's eyeball as part of a traveling program offered by Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

“Once they get past the initial 'yuck' phase and squeamishness, they will see how the eye is put together,” math and science teacher Patricia Drudy said.

A $750 grant offered through the Center was obtained by Bonnie Taylor, a trustee with the Wood-Ridge Public Education Foundation.

“It was mentioned in one of our meetings that we need more resources for science — in particular for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) movement,” Taylor said.

So she reached out to the science center. Drudy then chose the eye dissection experiment.

“Students can really see how the eye is put together and how it takes in light and make sense out of it,” the teacher said. “Giving them hands-on activities and actually allowing them to practice science, rather than just reading about it or seeing it on the screen— but being able to physically touch something -- is very meaningful,” Drudy said.

MORE INFORMATION: http://lsc.org/for-educators/programs-at-your-school/traveling-science/

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