Biology

CANCELLED: Genotype to Phenotype: PTC Taster Lab - Lake County

Originally scheduled for March 12, 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel all events scheduled for March and April. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!

Please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/updates/ for more information on how the coronavirus is impacting our community.


 Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073 

To taste or not to taste, that is the question. In the PTC Taster Lab you will examine how small genetic variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can change our ability to perceive the world around us. The human sense of taste is composed of an intricate neurophysiological network, but as we’ll see in this lab, it only takes a few small changes in our DNA to change the way we taste. Alleles of the TAS2R38 taste receptor gene can confer the phenotypic ability to taste the chemical Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and other bitter flavors. You will PCR amplify your own TAS2R38 taste receptor gene and use DNA restriction analysis to determine whether you have taster or non-taster version of the gene. You can determine whether you are homozygous or heterozygous for this trait, and correlate your genotype with your own ability to taste PTC (and foods that contain related chemicals, such as broccoli).

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students. 

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Equipment Loaner Program.

Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Lab - Lake County

February 6, 2020

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073 

Can’t get that disc lab to work? Learn a couple of alternative activities that are actually easy to use! Try out Bio-Rad’s algae beads, learn to make your own algae beads, and explore what happens when you put plant cuttings directly into the indicator. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students. 

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Equipment Loaner Program.

CANCELLED: BioBits: Central Dogma Lab - Lake County

Originally Scheduled for April 23, 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel all events scheduled for March and April. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!

 

Please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/updates/ for more information on how the coronavirus is impacting our community.  


Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073

Learn more about DNA and how it makes proteins by making your own fluorescent proteins and more! 

BioBits were developed by a group of synthetic biologists to help students learn biology by doing biology. Traditionally, running molecular biology experiments outside of a lab has been difficult due to the expensive equipment and complexity of growing living organisms. BioBits takes advantage of cutting-edge freeze-dried cell-free technology to make it possible to run biological experiments without living cells. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students. 

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Loaner Program

CANCELLED: Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Lab - Chicago

Originally scheduled for March 19, 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel all events scheduled for March and April. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!

 

Please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/updates/ for more information on how the coronavirus is impacting our community.  


Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (dinner provided)

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

Can’t get that disc lab to work? Learn a couple of alternative activities that are actually easy to use! Try out Bio-Rad’s algae beads, learn to make your own algae beads, and explore what happens when you put plant cuttings directly into the indicator. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students. 

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Equipment Loaner Program.

Antibiotic Resistance - Chicago

February 13, 2020

Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (dinner provided)

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

Explore how antibiotics affect the growth of microorganisms! Learn how to have students perform a Bauer-Kirby test to explore the effectiveness of three different types of antibiotics on three different types of bacteria. Students can also explore the effectiveness of other items with antibacterial properties that they find in the classroom! In addition to the more traditional Bauer-Kirby test on bacterial colonies, we will also test antibiotics in a cell-free synthesis system! This will help your students understand the different cellular components that are attacked by antibiotics.

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students.

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Equipment Loaner Program.