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Science project offers hands-on experience for Oklahoma students

The Junkyard Digestion project offered Putnam City students a chance to design a functioning digestive system
Oklahoman Modified: March 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014

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Colton Nicholas, 17, works on his team’s digestive system project for an anatomy and physiology class at Putnam City High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
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Colton Nicholas, 17, works on his team’s digestive system project for an anatomy and physiology class at Putnam City High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND -

Each group has a different take on how to make it work. One team uses pantyhose and funnels. Some use long plastic tubes. Students are graded on participation, the consistency of the waste product their experiment spits out and their written proposals.

“My overall participation has been very high,” Shriver said. “They've been looking forward to it. We talked about it at the beginning of the year back in August, and every week since then someone has asked when we get to make poop.”

Senior Kaitlyn Endicott said projects like Junkyard Digestion allow room for students to be imaginative while staying within the parameters of what they’re supposed to be learning.

“I learn better with hands-on experience,” she said. “It’s easier for me to understand the project, because reading a book just doesn’t stick in my brain as well as when we’re actually learning something by doing it.”

by Matt Patterson
Reporter
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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