Some high tech equipment at a university will make hands on science possible for public school students.
An electron microscope and a life sciences space at UMass Lowell will become available thanks to a partnership with the university, a non profit workshop community Lowell Makes, and a grant of $50,000 to purchase the microscope.
Lowell Makes will store the microscope, as well as purchase it. “It’s a highly sensitive piece of equipment,” said Susan Linn, director of Project LEARN who authors the district’s grants. “You really need to have storage space. It’s not the kind of thing to travel around to the eight middle schools in Lowell.”
Another $100,000 grant will fund a maker space at UMass Lowell’s Medical Device Development Center, known as M2D2.
Freshmen will get to spend a week at the M2D2 space. Over 4,400 of the city’s middle school students will learn about the microscope during five to ten class periods each year.