Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tissue culture lab @FRIM 14April2011

What started as a bedtime story escalated into a discussion on tissue culture. Fai expressed lots of interest in this, so what would be better than to visit an actual tissue culture lab. After some searching, FRIM had the nearest lab around that allowed school visits.
30 excited homeschoolers (parents included) some from as far away as Ipoh came for the lab visit.
Sadly, glassware that were prepared for our hands-on activity were quickly kept, when the lab staff noticed that we were not made up of secondary school students.
Dr Hasnida explained the process behind tissue culture in Malay. I hope that impressed on the kids the importance of Malay.
The teenagers were allowed into the clean room. After assuring the lab staff that parents will take full responsibility of their kids and promised that they would not touch anything, the younger kids (above 7 years old) were permitted to go in.
Shoes had to be removed and a lab coat had to be worn. Some kids had to put on lab coats that were so much bigger than them that it trailed behind them. We also had to wear sterilised slippers.
Some moms later told me that their kids were most excited about the lab coats!
Read more about it in JY's blog.
Glass jars with tissue culture plants.
I stayed outside with Han and Ean and took the opportunity to ask Dr Hasnida more questions.
Tongkat ali roots.
Agar medium
Fai didn't want to go into the clean room and didn't like the idea of putting on the lab coat. He was intent on concentrating on his drawing pad.
He didn't draw anything on tissue culture.

However, all was not lost. JY came out beaming with excitement after the clean room tour. She learnt alot that day :)
And I am happy to add that although Fai did not draw anything on tissue culture, he did draw something else that he encountered in FRIM...
Diorama of timber processing in the FRIM museum.


Timber processing by Fai.
I am not sure when he drew this. I stumbled on it today, one week after the visit while clearing up their heap of drawing pads and paper.
Not sure what it was until Fai said that it was the factory in FRIM.

This shows that I will never know what catches their interest.
I should never assume something is to their liking or that it would disinterest them. And give them the opportunity to learn in their own way.
Never should I put my own expectations or preferences onto them.
I am still learning the ropes....

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