Fourth graders at Morningside Elementary School and scientists at a Georgia Tech biology lab recently interacted with each other during an activity designed to support a study on animal adaptations. Under the auspices of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Warren Matthews from Georgia Tech’s Information Technology office provided Morningside with a 55” LCD monitor and conferencing software. The monitor and software allowed the Morningside students to view and speak to researchers in Dr. Todd Streelman’s laboratory.
Dr. Streelman, a Morningside parent, discussed his research on the varied adaptations that have occurred in the Lake Malawi cichlid fish population in East Africa. By asking thoughtful questions and making intelligent observations, the fourth graders demonstrated a formidable grasp of the concept of adaptation. Streelman and fourth- grade teachers Jon Bookspun and Kristen Duncan will collaborate throughout the school year so the students can have more opportunities to experience this new addition to Morningside’s technology.