Bio Explorer Homeschool Lab Series: Session 1

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TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, PARENTS MUST SIGN UP ON THIS EVENTBRITE PAGE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bio-explorer-homeschool-lab-series-tickets-52558778722 THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE OVER 12 TUESDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM.

Decatur Makers is excited to offer a pilot of its first ever homeschool biology lab series. This twelve week program is intended to enhance homeschool life science curricula while exposing students to the fascinating world of molecular and microbiology in a low-risk and fun setting. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and explore the topics presented in their own ways. This program is meant for any high schooler (age 14+) curious about the world around them.

Each lab session is designed to expose students to new topics and techniques through inquiry-based labs to help make complex topics more tangible. Many of the techniques students will be exposed to are not taught until late high school or college. By the conclusion of the program, students will have an understanding of how scientist conduct biological research and the skills to conduct their own biological experiments.

Schedule of Topics:

Session 1: Introduction, Orientation, and Basic Microscopy - After a tour of the lab and a lab safety orientation, students will learn the basics of microscopy and cell staining.

Session 2: Advanced Microscopy - Students will build on their previously gained staining skills to conduct Gram Stain while exploring how to characterize microorganisms.

Session 3: DNA Necklace - Diving inside the cell, students will review cell structure and understand the techniques scientists use to get DNA out of cells.

Session 4: Genotyping - Students will examine their own genome using routine laboratory techniques to determine if they have a mutation that causes them to taste PTC.

Session 5: DNA Barcoding I - In collaboration with Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, students will explore how to identify organisms based on DNA sequences by extracting and sequencing DNA from unknown organisms.

Session 6: DNA Barcoding II - After DNA from the unknown organism is sequenced, students will use basic bioinformatics to match the DNA sequence with those stored in the NCBI database.

Session 7: Bacterial Transformation I - Understanding how to culture bacteria is an important laboratory skill. Students will prepare bacterial cultures for transformation the following week.

Session 8: Bacterial Transformation II - Using the cultures from the previous week, students will observe the process of transcription and translation first-hand by modifying bacteria to glow under UV light.

Session 9: Making with Mycelium - Students will get to express their creativity while learning about bioremediation by creating structures from mycelium.

Session 10: Food Web - Students will take a tour of the food web and understand how energy moves through an ecosystem.

Session 11: Assessing Pollution in a Stream - In partnership with the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program, students will learn how to use macroinvertebrate populations on measure pollution in rivers and streams.

Session 12: Honey Bees - In partnership with the Urban Honeybee Project, students will explore how these important pollinators are being used and cared for around Atlanta.

For more information please see the informational packet available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UP-4NAqFUChi6ekLszvWNcaj-TEYG6JiVCZi3YJ7tFI/edit. This packet will be updated frequently as lesson plans are finalized.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, PARENTS MUST SIGN UP ON THIS EVENTBRITE PAGE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bio-explorer-homeschool-lab-series-tickets-52558778722 THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE OVER 12 TUESDAYS.

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