An East Carolina University researcher is looking into how elementary school students view themselves as scientists and engineers when wearing lab coats. 

Dr. Tammy Lee, assistant professor of science education at ECU, listens as Pactolus School fifth-graders answer questions during science class.

This spring, 300 fifth-graders and five teachers in four schools in Pitt County have participated.

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Original story published on April 20, 2017. By Crystal Baity.