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Bronx Institute Students Present Research Projects at Bronx Zoo

November 1, 2010


Bronx Institute Students Present Research Projects at The Bronx Zoo

Twenty-three high school seniors are completing a three-year study and internship program at the Bronx Zoo, where they have been learning about conservation, biology, animal care, and zoo design, thanks to a partnership between The Bronx Institute at Lehman College and The Bronx Zoo. The program has stretched them intellectually and personally, requiring them to complete rigorous classes in three years and field work assignments at the world-renowned center for wildlife and land conservation. With students representing five schools from across the borough, this opportunity aims at interesting Bronx students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) study and careers.

"This has been a great experience for me because I got to learn about animals hands-on. As a counselor, I answered questions about the animals while learning about them first-hand and also learning from my mentors," said Paula Perez, a senior at IN-TECH Academy 368.

After completing courses in biology and zoo design, students apply their knowledge by caring for the animals in the children's zoo and educating visitors. Last summer, students worked full-time as education counselors at the zoo's camp for elementary-school students. They also have been "explainers" on Saturdays during the school year, a role that requires them to answer questions about exhibits, animals, and conservation.

"We are very pleased with the program and grateful for the support we received from the College and President Fernández to create it," said Professor Herminio Martínez (Middle and High School Education), executive director of The Bronx Institute. "We will continue to improve access to advanced STEM study for all Bronx students."