International program all about new experiences

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From from left, Joao Victor (Victor) de Medeiros Dia and Matheus Simoes Medeiros, and rear from left, Vinicius (Vinnie) Tome Vieira Sousa and Morgan Brooke work in teams on their microscopic analysis of hair samples from different species.

Palliser Regional Schools’ international program provides opportunities for Canadian students to experience other cultures through the eyes of students from abroad, while giving international students an immersion into life in southern Alberta.

While you might think the experience for international students would be heavily focused on food, culture and language, Brazilian students at Kate Andrews High School recently had a new experience that was absolutely academic in nature.

The Grade 11 students were taking a Forensics 25 class with teacher Grace Martin when they had a first opportunity to use a microscope.

They analyzed human, cat, dog, horse and cow hair samples to see the difference at the microscopic level.

The students are among 21 students from Brazil who are attending four different Palliser high schools this semester. They are part of a Brazilian government-subsidized program that first sent students to Palliser a year ago.