Bioscience Full Day Program, Grades 6-12
In this full day program, students engage in a combination of microscopic cell studies and DNA experiments. Older students apply kingdom classification to plankton and biofilm based on physical characteristics and the use of identification keys, while younger students compare uni-cellular to multicellular characteristics. DNA is extracted from an onion with common household ingredients. Two students share one gel apparatus to run individual samples of onion DNA, or purified DNA in conjunction with restriction enzymes. Middle and high school students learn the importance of careful laboratory experimentation and identification, micropipette use, and proper safety procedures.