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June 25, 2013

Gifted and talented students ‘soar to new heights’ at EKU camp

STEM-ulating quest



The student teams jotted down data in notebooks and took measurements of the balloons. They all concluded that corn syrup produced the most ethanol.

Down the hall, graduate student Noelle McGill showed students how to recreate a face in the “Put A Face On It” forensic facial reconstruction class.

As an art teacher in Virginia, McGill became certified in facial reconstruction and partnered with an anatomy and physiology teacher to integrate science into her curriculum.

“This was art that could be done in the work force,” McGill said.

With the advent of DNA testing, forensic facial reconstruction has become less popular in missing persons investigations, she said, but many museums use this art to create various human displays.

However, when DNA is not available, such as when very old skeletons are discovered, clay facial reconstruction is used, she said. The face could then be publicized so families can identify missing loved ones.

Other classes explored the relationship between sports and physics; the great outdoors with a variety of technologies; crime scene investigation; where food comes from; careers in healthcare; the distinct characteristics of bodies of water; and LEGO robots.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.



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