HONOLULU (AP) - A program by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine is helping high school and middle school students get their hands on laboratory equipment that can make their studies more meaningful.
The university's Center for Cardiovascular Research is collecting, repairing and donating used microscopes, glassware, lab benches and other equipment to schools once it's no longer needed at the center.
Project coordinator Rachel Boulay says young students can't get hands-on training if they don't have the equipment.
She tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that she's been conducting professional development classes for science teachers since 2010 and they were started in part to address a lack of basic lab knowledge by student researchers hired at the medical school.
Hospitals and other university programs have donated equipment.
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