BU hosts Boissevain School biology students

June 4, 2018

Three boys sit at a desk and examine small items.
High school students from Boissevain recently visited an anthropology lab at Brandon University.

BRANDON – Brandon University (BU) professor Dr. Emily Holland recently opened the anthropology lab at BU to a group of students from Boissevain.

Visiting BU as part of their Grade 12 Biology class at Boissevain School, the students learned about identifying human remains, discerning a primate from a non-primate and how the environment can affect bone.

“Outreach is an important part of my job at BU and it is always a pleasure to get to work with and meet high school students,” said Dr. Holland. “Providing them with an opportunity to see what biological anthropology involves and its strong link with science will hopefully open up their options for university.”

Boissevain teacher Kelly Wright said the visit was an excellent opportunity for the students to link real-world applications to their curriculum.

“The idea of classification is huge in biology and being able to handle real materials gives students a perspective they normally cannot get inside the classroom,” Wright said. “The trip also gave students a look at what a post-secondary lab is like and how the structure of it is very meticulous.”

The students visited a number of stations where they were able to examine various materials, both real and casts, as well as identifying and classifying them with guidance from Dr. Holland.

“We would like to thank Dr. Emily Holland and BU’s Department of Anthropology for allowing us to come and experience a hidden secret of BU,” Wright said.