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Mayo Clinic research group educates children about blood cells

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Mayo Clinic staff spent their Sunday afternoon teaching kids about the differences between white and red blood cells.

The Clinic’s Women in Science and Engineering Research group, also known as WiSER, put on the special event called “What’s in Our Blood?” at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester.

Mayo brought in microscopes with blood samples, so eager minds could get an in depth look at the cells in our blood. Different craft stations showed how white and red blood cells fight infections.

We caught up with an attendee, whose been to a few of these STEM events, and says although it’s science related — it’s fun.

“You can make what you want, but it’s always cell related and it’s always really fun,” said 8-year-old Audree Huff.

“My favorite part is really just seeing the excitement and understanding that they get as they do each activity and how they can relate that to things that they’ve experienced in their lives,” said Amanda Huff, Outreach Coordinator for the Women in Science and Engineering Research group. “So many times kids say, ‘Oh I’ve seen blood in this,’ or ‘I’ve heard about blood in that,’ and so it’s great to kinda break it down and say – what does that mean?”

Mayo Clinic’s Women in Science and Engineering Research group hosts interactive STEM events for kids and families each month, free of charge.

You can visit their Facebook page if you’d like to learn more.

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