Science in the making: The students get their projects underway

|Science in the making: The students get their projects underway

For the past week the students have been working extremely hard collecting data for their research projects. Angela, Carolina, Janina, Kailie, Lauren, Robyn and Tiffany are in the Vectors Team, where they are exploring various themes surrounding malaria and mosquitoes, from the use of counterfeit drugs to the conditions that influence mosquito larvae survivability.

Janina, Carolina and Tiffany prepare their mosquito larvae experiments.

Janina, Carolina and Tiffany prepare their mosquito larvae experiments.

Angela measures the temperature of the water for her larvae density micro-experiment in shot glasses.

Angela measures the temperature of the water for her larvae density micro-experiment in shot glasses.

Carolina dissects the gut of a mosquito larva for her research on larval diets.

Carolina dissects the gut of a mosquito larva for her research on larval diets.

In Team Doum Palm we have Abdi, Erica, Kate and Rob, who are doing research on the sustainability of the use of doum palm nuts as a source of energy for TBI and as a nutritional resource to the Turkana community.

In the staff kitchen, Robert burns palm nuts to measure their carbon content.

In the staff kitchen, Rob burns palm nuts to measure their carbon content.

Both groups have collected data not only from the mosquitoes and the palm nuts themselves, but also from the local community by conducting a series of questionnaires at the schools and the clinics nearby. Already, all the students have gathered some really interesting and novel information, so it is all really exciting!

At the local school, Abdi asks the students about Doum palms.

At the local school, Abdi asks the students about Doum palms.

During the week the students also got the chance to visit a Turkana family and learn about their day-to-day activities, including how they rear their livestock. The students were absolutely delighted when they discovered they could cradle the adorable baby goats and they passed them around with big smiles and much affection.

All the cuteness as the students and the TA cuddle the baby goats.

All the cuteness as the students and the TA cuddle the baby goats.

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:56+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Science in the making: The students get their projects underway

About the Author:

Hi! I am Kat Warren and I am the Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2014 field school. While I am here I am also involved in the African Fossils Project (africanfossils.org) where I am 3D-scanning modern African fauna, fossils and archaeological material. I am a recent graduate in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield and my current interests lie in the evolution of cognition, and primate behaviour as a means to understand the cognitive frameworks of our earliest ancestors.