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Thursday, June 14, 2012
23rd year that MGH has mentored students in Timilty Science Fair
ASS GENERAL HOSPITAL MENTORS AND TIMILTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS COME TOGETHER FOR SCIENCE FAIR DISPLAY
--23rd year that MGH has mentored students in Timilty Science Fair
BOSTON- June 14, 2012- Mary Ellen Lau of Quincy, from MGH Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, was one of the Mass General Hospital mentors on hand recently at the hospital’s main campus under the Bulfinch tent to engage with students from Timilty Middle School about their Science Fair Projects. Entering its 23rd year, the mentorship program has served as the foundation for MGH’s commitment to community outreach and youth development.
Mary Ellen and student Karen Mai Chen worked on the effect of music on memory. On display were some of the many impressive science experiments conducted by the Timilty students. From this group, five students, including Karen, advanced to the city-wide Science Fair held on March 10 at Northeastern University.
The Science Fair entries ranged from; analyses of varying chemicals and substances, effect of mass on gravity, fruit flies’ attraction to different substances, to investigations of music and its effect on memory. One student chose to focus on the linguistic differences between persons of the same race, but of different ethnicities.
Timilty Middle School Partnership Ellen Reavey said, “The youthful exuberance of the Timilty students is evident in the passionate and articulate presentations of their science projects. We are grateful to the MGH mentors and look forward to their continued support in the future.”
About MGH Youth Programs
Boston youth face many barriers to success in life. About three-quarters of Boston Public School students qualify for free and reduced lunch, a key indicator of poverty. These programs create a pathway out of poverty for these young people, which is critical to improving health status. The programs also help MGH to develop a more diverse workforce, a key strategy in addressing disparities in health. Through its STEM Clubs, Senior STEM Clubs, MGH Youth Scholars and Alumni Program, MGH provides exposure to STEM careers to more than 450 Boston youth every year in grades 3 through college.
About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:
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