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Science enrichment program brings Cambridge youth to Harvard:

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Elementary students learn about cells, organs, and body systems through hands-on lessons prepared by volunteers

ExperiMentor Kate Westfall ’04 instructs first-graders from the Haggerty School in Cambridge on the immune system.

Staff photos by Jon Chase

Early last week (May 6), a new generation of scientists from Cambridge public schools – more than 250 of them – descended on the Yard to take part in this year’s annual Science Day, a daylong exploration of the human body sponsored by Harvard ExperiMentors, a Phillips Brooks House Association service program. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ExperiMentors is a yearlong program that sends about 50 Harvard volunteers to teach weekly hands-on science lessons in classrooms throughout Cambridge.

“Science Day marks the annual culumination of our program. It’s our way to say ‘thanks’ to all our students for their interest,” said ExperiMentors’ co-director Tony Perez ’05.

Karen Lo, Evan
Karen Lo ’05 finds an ingenious way to help Evan Jaccodine, 7, a first- grader at the Haggerty School, learn about the structure of the human skeleton.
Jordan Qualls and Yolanda
Jordan Qualls and Yolanda Pierre, fifth-graders at the Tobin School in Cambridge, react with wary fascination upon handling a real (sheep’s) liver for the first time.