High school students dive into health fields at Michigan Tech

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 5:54 PM EDT
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Michigan Tech's Biological Sciences Department has been hosting youth outreach programs all semester.

One Houghton High School teacher wanted to give his science classes an educated college experience.

"I make it like a college prep class preparing them for when they take this in college hopefully we've covered 80 to 90% of the material and so it prepares them for that," said teacher, Alex Geborkoff.

Students visited Michigan Tech to get a taste of what it's like working in human health fields.

"What's it like to be a doctor, what's it like to be a veterinarian, what's it like to be a physical therapist," said the departmental laboratory supervisor, Jeff Lewin.

"They're trying to figure out what students want to do and give them an idea before they get out of high school," said student, Cecilia Ware. "Which is nice so you don't have to spend $15,000 in something you don't want to do."

They were instructed by health field professionals, conducted lab activities and even got a little physical while doing so.

"He (instructor) has us pedaling this bike that one was pedaling forward and one was pedaling back and it was showing us that going uphill is harder than going downhill and checked our blood pressure after and our heart rates," said student, Sarah Herbert.

One student says she's appreciative of her science teacher for making today's visit a success.

"I think it's really nice of Mr. Geborkoff to do that for us and that he was like, hey let's go down to tech so you could learn about this stuff, like more than i can teach you and i think that's really nice of him to do that for us," said student, Reilly Hiltunen.

Michigan Tech's Biological Sciences Department will be working with 15 other high schools on May 8th.