Fedorchak Lab Visit
Six senior students visited the Fedorchak Lab at the Eye and Ear Institute at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 28th. Taylor Boring, Rachael Genesi, Shane Hunt, Hannah McGlynn, Ian Ostrowski, and Hannah Swope were chosen to participate in the event from a very competitive group of students interested in science and engineering.
The lab that the students toured is named after Dr. Morgan Fedorchak who is a professor of Ophthalmology, Chemical Engineering, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration. The goal of the Fedorchak Lab is the development of materials that restore or protect the gift of sight. Dr. Fedorchak is the daughter of our superintendent Dr. DiLeo who graciously set up this experience for our students.
Dr. Fedorchak started the morning by presenting about career options and pathways in the fields of science and engineering. She went on to share information about different cutting edge research projects that she has been involved in. Dr. Fedorchak focused on her current research involving ocular drug delivery for glaucoma patients. She took our students on a tour of her lab and had an experiment based on her current research set up for the kids to participate in. Dr. Fedorchak also took the students on a tour of some other labs in the Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
On Friday, April 22nd, my students were able to connect with history in a way most high school students are never able to. Dr. Sarah Myers from St. Francis University and her Public History students brought in World War II Artifacts that were actually used during the war. The items were displayed throughout my classroom and students were able to travel to each station in order to gain insight into the various topics. The topics that the St. Francis students presented on were WWII uniforms, WWII weapons, WWII propaganda, WWII Letters Home, WWII Medals, WWII Medical Kits, and WWII Music. My students had a blast interacting with living pieces of history and made the WWII Era something much more than just a story. I have been in touch with Dr. Myers and she informed me that they will be opening a WWII Museum in Loretto, that will include all of the pieces that they brought to my class as well as much more. Overall, the presentations were amazing and made Friday one of the most impactful days I’ve had as a student or an educator.
Shelly Craft from the Penn State Extension Office visited Cambria Elementary’s 4th grade Science classes on Monday April 18th to discuss watersheds- the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, wetland, or even the ocean. She demonstrated to the students how our individual actions directly affect the watershed we live in, as well as, how working together we can protect our nation’s water resources.
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