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Page 6 November 12 1998 Quad City Herald It's a stink'n job, but fourth graders check salmon innards Culling into a three week old salmon can be a very interesting, but very smelly. Cheryl Schweizer photo The children in Mary Boyd's fourth grade class have been studying salmon. A passerby can tell this from one glance at the classroom--paper models of salmon "'swim" all over the ceiling. The backbones, gills, hearts, lungs and other innards of the paper fish are carefully labeled. But of course those are based on drawings from a book. What the insides of a real fish look like, whether they match the drawings in the book, is a mystery. The only way to really test their accuracy is to cut into a real fish. As part of their studies the fourth graders took a field trip to the Wells Dam Fish Hatchery and learned about the activities there. The hatchery workers catch a few of the migrating adult salmon, kill them with a blow to the head, then slit them open to retrieve the eggs if they are female and the semen if they are male. The dead fish, Boyd said, then can be given to educational institutions (like the fourth grade) for dissection. So the fourth graders were allowed to take one of the salmon home, to be cut up and compared to the illustrations. The students themselves were not allowed to cut the summer Chinook salmon apart; Mark Sherman, who works at the hatchery did the job one afternoon, while the children watched. If learning involves all five senses, the first lesson about a salmon is that it smells. A Int. Boyd used her can of air freshener frequently. "Mr. Sherman has a little bit better stomach than I do," she explained. Some of the kids tried to filter the smells by covering their noses with their shirt or.jacket. But everybody kept their eyes on the fish (except those who hovered around the classroom window, gulping fresh air). S herman expert ly removed a section of the fish's side, exposing the abdom inal tract. There was much to see, and talk about. "'Hey, Mrs. Boyd, I found the thingie to the vent," one boy announced. For those who have forgotten their salmon biology, the vent is the fish's waste elimination system. Some innards bear a resemblance across species; a liver looks pretty much like a liver, human or fish. But a fish's heart is a lot different. An observer misidentified the heart. "There's the heart---all the way over there," said a boy, carefully pointing it out. "Do you know why it's different than our heart?" Sherman asked. "He's a fish," said one boy. (Actually, S herman was hoping someone would recognize the fish possessed a two-chamber, rather than a four-chamber, heart.) Fish stay afloat in the water with the aid of a swim bladder, which automatically inflates or deflates, depending on the fish's depth. Sherman cut it open, then moved it aside to display the fish's back. This is one way a fish is very different from a human; "they have one big kidney, fight down their backbone," Sherman said. Sherman did not have the necessary equipment to cut open the fish's head, but he responded to a really gross request. "He's cutting the fLsh's eyeball out, you guys," announced one boy. With that a chorus arose. "Oooh, gross." The dissected fish proved to be very like the drawings; the children identified all the different pieces. That is not supposed to be the end of their salmon adventure, since the children had received some eggs and semen when they visited the fish hatchery. However, Boyd told them she did not think they would hatch. Human brain top attraction in science van The employees of the Pacific Science Center broughta lot of cool experiments ;rod exhibits when they brought the BrainPower van to Bddgelxm. Bul the one that everybody wanted to look at first was the human brain. It was a real human brain from a real person (who donated it to science when they were done with it), packed and pickled and ready to be picked up and examined with only a pair of thin rubber gloves between the kids and : .:,  orain tissue. The exhibit al:li :liided a plastic bag full of clay. + Iftcsenled the way the brain really feels; the preservation process changes the consistency of tissue. When the brain is in the body, it feels like jello that is about halfway ready. It was, according to the students in' LeahOzuna'ssixthgradeclass, soooooo gross. "Definitely one of our most popular exhibits," said Marcelene Dorian, one of the exhibit's teachers. "They love things that are gross." The BrainPower exhibit was one of the PSC-sponsored vans that travel back and forth across the state of Washington,bringing interesting lessons and experiments in science to towns far away from the museum in Seattle. Their job, in fact, is to stimulate interest in geology, biology, physics and the whole range of science, and encourage children to think about careers in science or health-related fields. This van has a second purpose, however. Included with the demonstrations of brain function and brain chemistry were lessons about what happens when that chemistry is altered by drugs or alcohol. The experiments detailed the way the brain functions--a balance board, a xylophone test of memory, a maze for problem -solving. There were brain teasers, such as the metal puzzles that are taken apart and reassembled. There was a display of other animal brains, and a video telling the story of a teenager who had a brain tumor. Usually adults are the supervisors of all this activity, but this is one way the BrainPower van is different--four Bridgeport Middle School students were part of the staff. Jose Torres, Janice Johnson, Sarah Alvarez, Hugo Gutierrez and health teacher Rebecca Wilhoite attended a workshop to learn games and lessons about science and life that they will pass on to the other kids at school. Each of the students will present one lesson in class; Sarah Alvarez agreed she was supposed to teach some kind of lesson about something, but she couldn't remember what it was about. (Jen Wilkinson, one of the teachers who had conducted the workshop, reminded Alvarez =ood drive con't from page 5 and Shadow pattern), made and donated by Debbie Riggan. Aticket costs the donation of at least one can of food; tickets are available from the students. The winner will be chosen at halftime of the varsity basketball game Friday, December 18. People who want to hire a student can contact Debbie Riggan at the Brewster district office, extension 254, Cinderella's slippers, many scholars believe, were made of fur, not glass. The word verre, or glass, they claim, was Incorrectly substituted in early versions of the story for the word vaire, which is French for fur. Juan Sanchez ................................ con't from page 1 So Sanchez planned to move to Wenatchee in the fall and work and attend college. One of his brothers was already doing that, he said, It would be expensive, trips home in the winter would be difficult, but it was an opportunity. "Then this offer came," he said. Heritage College, based in Omak, has starled a program offering classes in Brewster for people who want tobecome English as a Second Language teachers. Sanchez signed up for classes. They begin in January. Part of the financial burden lhe first year was eased when he received a $1,000 scholarship from the state migrant council. He said Lupe Ledesma was instrumental in his receiving the award. "she gave me an application first, and I lost it." But Ledesma found another copy, and Sanchez filled it out, sending it in on the last day applications were accepted. "Thanks to her, I think I won it." The idea of going back to class makes him "kind of nervous," he said, "because l've been too long out of school" and might have forgotten how to study. He said he knows the four year program will be a lot of work: he must juggle his classes with his job at McDonald's. But he said he is excited about the opportunity. He said he would be happy to teach anywhere: "wherever the job comes. 1 will lake it." But he wants tO go back to Mexico when Washington schools are not in session and teach English, he said. He wants to help other young people overcome some of the challenges they face, the way his leachers helped him. "'I know how they feel." 2 - 3' x 4' & 1 - 2' x 3' Quad City Herald 525 Main Ave., Brewster (509) 689-2507 (509) 689-2508 Fax Skl The Loup Loup SkJ Education Foundation Pre-Season Season ,Pass Savings it was a lesson about reward systems. "That's hard" to remember, Alvarez complained.) This BrainPower program is presented through a pmarship between the Pacific Science Center, Group Health Northwest, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health. Eight schools receivedagranttoparticipate, including Bridgeport, Brewster and Mansfield. The van will visit Brewster Junior High Tuesday, November 20. For Two People = $450.00 Pri00 Each Additional Person Age 13 & up = $120.00 Each Additional Child Age 6-12 = $72.00 ,=os= * A family is defined as one or both parents and at least one child between the ages of 6-21, living in the same principal residence or attending full-time college. Last Chance! to buy a season pass at the Ski Swap at the Agri-Plex Bldg. ular Adult Person 19 years old & older = $250.80 18 years old & younger = $134.40 XC Season Pass = $ 60.00 Prices includeT.6% sales tax No Refunds. AH Sales Final. 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