C & A Program

Northwest Students Attend Hour of Code

Goldman Sachs recently hosted an Hour of Code event inviting female students from local schools. The Hour of Code is an initiative offering students of all ages the opportunity to complete a one-hour computer science tutorial to show that anybody can learn coding basics and for broadening female participation in the field of computer science.  Educator Jill Littlefield and nine Northwest Middle School girls attended the event in downtown Salt Lake City. Goldman Sachs volunteers from the Technology Division discussed the impact of technology on the world today and led coding tutorials focused on games and apps. After students explored the website, they each created a project using coding. Goldman Sachs volunteers assisted students as they navigated the website and designed their projects. Five of the nine female students from Northwest volunteered to present their projects in front of the audience. The projects ranged from 3-D Art to Google characters.  The Hour of Code has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science.

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Northwest Students Attend Hour of Code


Budding Scientists Dissect Cow Eyeballs

Jill Littlefield has been teaching College and Career Awareness at Northwest Middle School for the past six years.  Annually, Donna Rae Eldridge from the University of Utah’s Health Science Department Outreach Program, brings an ice chest full of cow eyeballs ready for squealing students to dissect. 

On Tuesday, September 19, 180 7th graders excitedly took part in this yearly learning opportunity. Students learned the various components of an eyeball by drawing a detailed, labeled diagram.  Most of the students could identify the pupil and the iris, but learned their functions as well.  Many students were surprised that it is the iris—the colored part of the eye—that actually dilates based on light exposure, not the pupil.  The students learned that the pupil works jointly with the iris allowing the necessary amount of light to enter the eye for sharp vision.  Students also learned the retina, at the back of the eye, turns the image they are seeing upside down before it is sent to the brain where the image is then turned right side up—much like a camera.  Students carefully wielded scalpels while successfully dissecting the various parts they had just diagrammed.  Students were heard saying, “This is so cool!” and “Take a look at that jelly!”  Speaking of jelly . . . that is called the vitreous humor, which is a clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina. The vitreous humor gives the eye its shape and contains proteins that keep the eye healthy. Part of the dissection included squeezing the vitreous humor out of the eye into the hands of another student.  Some students did not see the “humor” in the squeezing, and wailed, “This is soooo gross!”  

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Eldridge concluded the session by sharing the specific college degrees and majors that connected to the dissection activity.  Students learned they could be a veterinarian, a surgeon, a medical examiner, a physician’s assistant, a research scientist in life sciences or medicine, and teach at university or in secondary education.  Students also learned the salaries for these different careers.

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