Bringing CSI to HHP, Middle College at UNCG starts third year

Posted on July 14, 2013

Reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly

Fingerprint analysis. Bone analysis. Hair analysis. Is this CSI? Yes – and it’s an engaging way to open the year for incoming 9th graders.

The Middle College at UNCG began its year with Freshmen Orientation & STEM Camp. The week revolved around a CSI-style investigation.

On the final day (Aug. 1), students presented their findings from a Crime Scene Investigation as parents watched. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was on hand as well, and students eagerly gave her a tour of the various investigation stations.

Earlier in the week, the ninth graders had spent time at Moses Cone Hospital. English teacher Dea Riha noted that students, in the midst of their CSI-style project, were impressed with their talk with the mortician. The entire week had been a chance for the students to get to know each other while learning about science.

The middle college is led by Principal Angela Polk-Jones, who was once an exceptional player on the Spartans Women’s Basketball team. The alumna now leads a school in the same building where she once led her team.

A class of 50 ninth graders are joining the Middle College at UNCG this year – for a total student body this year of 150. The school is located in HHP Building.

“It is a tremendous partnership between our university and Guilford County Schools,” Chancellor Brady said in brief remarks at the event. And she spoke of the engaged way of learning exhibited that day. “Students are engaging hands-on – connecting the science with the real world.”

See New 14 Carolina’s Coverage of the Middle College Orientation and STEM Camp here.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Students speak with Chancellor Brady as Principal Polk-Jones looks on.
Photographer: David Wilson

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