2015 Curriculum and Presenters for 7th and 8th Grade Field Days

Spring Field Days at Woodlawn in collaboration with The Seal Cove Auto Museum, The Jackson Laboratory, MDI Biological Laboratory, and RainWise Inc. June 2 & 3 (June 4 rain date), 8:45 am – 1:55 pm.


Biological Innovation: Harnessing Nature’s Worst for Cures – Dr. Muneer Hasham, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
Dr. Hasham will give a Powerpoint presentation discussing how human beings harnessed fire and how penicillin was discovered from fungus. He will then show some of his previous work of using viruses for gene therapy of diseases up to his latest work of B-cell development to find a cure for cancer.

MDI Biological Laboratory – Biomedical Innovation – Chuck Fidler, Director of Education
The MDI Biological Laboratory is a biomedical research institution with a mission to improve human health and well-being through basic research, education, and development ventures that transform discoveries into cures. Students will learn about some of the lab’s latest research.


Innovation and the Process of Invention – The Seal Cove Auto Museum
The Seal Cove Auto Museum will provide rides in an antique vehicle (1922 Depot Hack) and will include a program about the process of inventing and refining the mechanics of the earliest autos. A look at alternative energy use in early cars including steam and electric will inform students about the use of alternative energy in cars today.

Women and Innovation – Raney Bench, Executive Director, Seal Cove Auto Museum
Ms. Bench will talk about the work of women in the early development of the auto industry, and how the auto helped advance the cause of women’s right and suffrage.


Innovation in Meteological Instruments – Carsten Steenberg, CEO, Rainwise, Inc.
Rainwise Inc. has led the way in technological development for meteorological equipment – from the original tipping bucket rain gauge and 1st digital weather station to the new frontier of wind and solar monitoring instruments, for many years. All of their products are proudly made in the USA.


Designing a 21st Century Black House – Anne Russenberger-Keefe, Director of Education and Program Development, Woodlawn
Looking at some of the rooms, students will be asked to identify what are some of the elements that would have been innovative in the 1800s. Using a floor plan, they will pretend to be hired by a 21st century Mr. Black and illustrate changes they would make to the room to make it more energy efficient and better adapted to today’s needs.