Mill Creek student Kenneth Roberts shows off the prosthetic leg his group made. Robert acted as the amputee for the project. HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter

Mill Creek Middle School students learn about bioengineering

In hopes of getting seventh-grade students interested in science and medicine, Kent’s Mill Creek Middle School hosted an engineering day on May 5.

During science class that day, seventh-graders attended one of four workshops led by graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Washington’s bioengineering program.

Topics were building a prosthetic, fun with DNA and genetically engineered machines, doctor for a day and diagnosing diseases. Students took part in hands-on activities including building a prosthetic legs using everyday objects, learning to tie sutures, operating an ultrasound machine and testing samples to diagnose disease.