Barron to discuss science’s impact on kids during WPSU’s ‘Digging Deeper’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State summer camp that lets middle school students conduct hands-on science experiments and learn about their own genealogy will be discussed during President Eric J. Barron’s monthly WPSU show on May 21.

“Digging Deeper: Finding Your Roots” will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, on WPSU-TV. Barron will welcome guests Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and director of the Center for Human Evolution and Diversity; and Michael Zeman, director of the Student Engagement Network.

The trio will discuss how the camp, “Finding Your Roots,” can grow a student’s interest in science.

“The joy of discovery is critical,” Jablonksi said. “So the real key to this whole concept is not only exposing kids to science, but allowing them to be scientists themselves.”

WPSU's "Digging Deeper: Finding Your Roots" preview

During his WPSU show, "Digging Deeper," Penn State President Eric J. Barron and guests will discuss how a Penn State summer camp lets middle school students conduct hands-on science experiments and learn about their own genealogy. The episode will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, on WPSU-TV.

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Finding Your Roots offers three camps for 2017: Genetics and Genealogy Detectives (June 19-30), Finding Your Roots: Unscripted (July 10-14), and Finding Your Roots (July 17-28). Students will learn about genetics, genealogy and their own family traits, and some campers will study and analyze their own DNA.

The camp is offered through the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State Science-U, which is part of Penn State Science Outreach in the Eberly College of Science. Science-U hopes to encourage kids’ interest in science and critical thinking through hands-on experiments. 

Visit the “Digging Deeper” website for more information on President Barron’s monthly show and to watch archived episodes. 

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Last Updated May 22, 2017