Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Manatee Academy pre-veterinary science teacher Lisa Friend and Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Michael Mimnaugh spent their summer conducting STEM related research at formal research institutions. Ms. Friend spent six weeks at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, actively experimenting with superconducting magnets and spectral equipment to test crystals for magnetic properties. She co-authored a published scientific article as a result of the experience. “Bringing back insights into how scientific inquiry is conducted to the classroom will result in my students having more realistic and beneficial learning experiences,” she remarked. Mike Mimnaugh spent eight weeks at Torrey Pines working alongside scientists who were testing the side effects of newly created medications on mice. His work consisted of observing and documenting whether trained mice, after receiving prescription medicines, had changes in dexterity and motor skills. “I’m going to allow more time in the lab, and make sure they have good data that can be retested. With high-tech companies in our backyard, the possibilities are endless for students who want to pursue a career in science,” Mimnaugh said. Pictured are Ms. Friend, left, and Mr. Mimnaugh.