This June the Creativity Lab Team has introduced two new undergraduate members to the lab, Alex and Sam. They are both working with the BioSim Project and are eager to get started.
--A post by Alex Daily
I’m Alex, and I am studying Human Biology with a Concentration in Human Health and Disease and minors in Biology and Chemistry. I am entering my junior year at Indiana University and I am also apart of the Hudson and Holland Scholar Program.
I was initially drawn to join the Creativity Labs because of my desire to do research that involved children and the mental capabilities that they possess. My prior research experience differs greatly. I first started doing research my junior year in high school doing field work with an ecology biology professor. I found this experience to be really helpful especially when it came time to decide where I wanted to attend school. I was able to build upon the knowledge that I had acquired through basic science classes help my professor advance in her study of fish in the local ecosystem. My research has also brought me to a lab though the evo-devo department at IU; The Mozcek Lab. With these experiences I have gained a passion for research and aspire to continue growing as a researcher and with the opportunity from the Creativity Labs I plan to do just that.
My past experiences with children also played a role with me joining the Creativity Lab. I have experience as a summer camp counselor working with children from the ages of 4-17. This allowed for experience with many different age groups. I was able to tailor different skills to fit the personalities and capabilities of all children that I worked with. The experience also showed me that I enjoyed working with younger children and helping them grow and develop socially and mentally. I also have experience as a peer assistant which gave me the opportunity to develop my skills as a leader and as a creative individual in terms of implementing plans and ideas.
CL allows me to take my past experiences and my hopes of being a pediatric neurosurgeon and researcher and put them to use. I am able to see how I can help children learn complex systems and ideas and really understand in depth what connections their brains are making. I am also able to help shape and mold minds for tomorrow, so that not only are children understanding material, but they also gain a desire and passion to go and solve new problems in the world and become the scientists and researchers that this world needs in order to progress humanity, this is what I am most excited about in terms of BioSim; watching the children come to the realization that through creative learning and various creativity methods that they too can understand complex ideas.