A free 3-day program that gives teachers the opportunity to work on biotechnology related lab activities!

Monday, August 1, 2022 - Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 10am - 3pm

Whitney Young High School (211 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607)

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Are you fascinated by gel electrophoresis and CRISPR technology? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the techniques behind COVID testing kits? Then the Summer Biotech Series sounds right for you! The Summer Biotech Series is a free 3-day program that gives teachers the opportunity to work on biotechnology related lab activities. Plus there is an option Open Lab on Day 4 for teachers who would like the time, space and resources to do unfinished work to help their students explore biotechnology in their class. Teachers will be able to earn CEU credits for participation in the workshop. Free lab kits and lunch are provided!

Logistics

  • Dates: August 1st - August 4th
  • Times: 10am - 3pm
  • Location: Whitney Young High School (211 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607)
  • Facilitators: Mary Clark, Suzanne Fetherling, and The Baxter Center

Labs and techniques that will be explored include:

  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Pipetting
  • pGLO Transformation
  • BioBits (from miniPCR bio)
  • CRISPR lab (from Bio-Rad)
  • COVID lab (from Bio-Rad)

Schedule

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Morning

miniPCR's Microliter Madness

 

miniPCR's Bandit STEM Electrophoresis

 

DIY Candy Dye Gel Electrophoresis

 

 

Afternoon

BioRad's The Science of Opioid Dependence

 

BioRad's pGLO Bacterial Transformation Pt. 1

Morning

BioRad's pGLO Bacterial Transformation Pt. 2

 

BioRad's Out of the Blue CRISPR

 

Afternoon

miniPCR's Genotype to Phenotype PTC Taster Lab Pt. 1

Morning

miniPCR's Genotype to Phenotype PTC Taster Lab Pt. 2

 

Afternoon

miniPCR's BioBits: Central Dogma

Morning 

Open Lab

 

Note: Open Lab is for teachers who would like the time, space and resources to do unfinished work to help their students explore biotech in their class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Lab

Space for science teachers to explore and rework biotech labs

  • Do you have labs that you would love to troubleshoot but don’t have the time during the school year?
  • Are there labs that have worked for others but haven’t been successful in your class?
  • Would you like to try new labs but haven’t because the cost or time is prohibitive? 
  • Are you tired of buying expensive kits and would like to explore alternative cost-effective options? 

 

Teachers are pulled in so many different directions during a school year, that they rarely have time to troubleshoot or work through a new complicated lab. Are there labs on your list that you’ve wanted to explore or rework but you don’t have the time to do? 

 

Open Lab is for teachers who would like the time, space and resources to do unfinished work to help their students explore biotechnology in their class. Teachers who register will be able to develop labs alongside other teachers, expert facilitators, and PhD students/ post-docs. The experts and other teachers in the room can help answer technical questions and give tips to help make your lab work for your school and the students you serve.

The overall goal of Open Lab is for teachers to collaborate with peers and researchers in order to give students a well crafted lab experience. Teachers will produce materials (student handouts and teacher notes) to share with other teachers.