Basic Science & Lab Skills
What’s the Right Tool for the Job?
Students learn how to use pipette aids and micropipettes. They will practice pipetting various volumes into different size containers and will learn how to determine the accuracy of a pipette using the weight of water and a balance.
“pHun” with Acids & Bases
Students will learn about acids and bases and the chemical reactions that take place. They will use indicator solutions to determine the pH of common household products, and discover how pH is a property that scientists use in their experiments.
A Little Concentration Goes a Long Way
Students will learn about concentrated solutions, practice making different serial dilutions and use simple math skills to calculate the solution concentration at each step. These skills will be applied to determining protein concentration using absorbance results and standards curves.
Genetics & Molecular Biology
What Do Genes have to do with Your Sense of Taste?
In this molecular expedition of the bitter taste receptor gene, students will use laboratory techniques and equipment to extract DNA from human cells, amplify a portion of the bitter taste receptor gene by PCR, and use gel electrophoresis to analyze DNA fragments. Students will engage in discussions about genetic variation and the ethical use of genetic information.
Is Bitter Better?
In this biomedical exploration, students will use gel electrophoresis to analyze multiple DNA samples to determine the bitter taste receptor genotype of potential patients for a hypothetical clinical Proof of Concept trial. Students will engage in discussions with Translational Medicine Experts about the considerations and planning required to test new medicines in patients.