The Invisible Made Visible

Laboratory Investigations Using DNA

July 11 - 13, 2017

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this intermediate-level workshop, teachers try out open-ended, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that explore DNA. Under the guidance of an expert teacher and scientists from Northwestern University, teachers learn DNA-based techniques including DNA gel electrophoresis and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills. Our goal is for teachers to be able to “think outside the kit.” 

Activities include:

  • Pill Box Gel Electrophoresis
  • Cancer Gene Detection
  • Space Food Safety Lab
  • DNA Damage & Repair
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • PTC Taster Lab

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the  Baxter Box program.

Participants earn 18 CPDUs. 

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