The winter months bring cold and flu season along with reminders to wash your hands to stop the spread of germs. To mark this special time of year, seventh-graders at Fort Couch Middle School hosted a Germ Symposium Feb. 12-14, to share their recently acquired knowledge of germs with fourth-grade students from all three of the district’s elementary schools — Baker, Eisenhower and Streams.
“For our seventh-graders, it relates to our cell unit on bacteria and prokaryotic cells,” Patrick Corr, seventh-grade science teacher, said.
The Fort Couch students led the fourth-graders through several different hands-on learning activities that provided information about different viruses and bacteria, the spread of germs, how germs affect the body, diseases that are caused by bacteria and viruses, and how we can prevent germs from spreading.
Corr hopes that the Germ Symposium strengthened ties between and among the schools as well as provided an opportunity for seventh-graders to play a leadership role within their school.
“These types of activities are important because they help to build leadership skills and create relationships within the community,” he said. “It also allows students to learn from a different perspective than they normally would.”
This year’s Germ Symposium was supported by Fort Couch’s seventh-grade science teachers Jen Cramer, Mike Barringer and Corr.