On March 2nd, my POD went to UCSD to learn more about the adolescent brain behaviours; and also the lab work the students conduct. The traffic there was horrible, it took us about an hour to get there.
Once we got there, we walked all the way to Dr. Jay Geibb’s building; where he gave us a very descriptive lecture on the adolescent brain. I have learned that teenager’s brains aren’t “broken”, they are still developing from the back to the front. Our teenage minds are set to have increased risk taking, increased sensation seeking, and peer affiliation.
After the lecture, we went to have something to munch on. I was really feeling a California Bowl from Rubio’s, and oh was it delicious. I was eating my lunch at the amphitheatre with everyone while some of my peers split off to visit the lab. When I finished my lunch, the past alumni from High Tech High Chula Vista took us on a little tour around their university.
They took us to the leaning house on top of the engineering building and also the beautiful library. What always catches my eye when I visit this campus is the architecture. That is one of the reasons I would like to attend this school.
After the tour, it was time for the other half to visit the lab. The lab was really unique because of all the equipment they had. We split off into three groups for the three different stations they had. There was a microscope station where you observe the cells. There was a gel station where you test DNA. And the last station was slicing a rodent’s brain.
My favorite station out of all of them was the gel station because it was fun inserting the needle into the holes. The instructor for that station, Ruby, was also really enthusiastic which made the station fun.
Overall, the field trip was really fun; walking around the campus and learning about biology. I am now waiting for our next field trip to visit the Hillcrest lab.