Life Sciences Learning Center

Middle School Field Trips

**In light of cuts to funding for science education at NIH, the LSLC is not taking any new registrations for outreach programs for 2013-14

2.5 Hour Field Trip Programs

These laboratory investigations are designed for students accompanied by their teacher and are targeted towards students in grades 6-8, however students in grades 9-12 are welcome to sign up for these programs.

  • Classes are only offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Programs run from 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Cost is $15.00 per student

Click here to register for any of these programs (No new registrations for 2013-2014)

DNA: Hand Me Down Genes

Jeans and codeBy examining a case study on a family with an inherited bone disorder, students will learn about the role that DNA and genes play in producing traits. Students analyze pedigrees and samples of "patient DNA" in order to gain an understanding of dominant and recessive genes, to learn about techniques that scientists use to examine DNA, and to practice methods of predicting the probability that a trait will appear in future generations.

Laboratory Techniques include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel electrophoresis

Click here to register (No new registrations for 2013-2014)

LSLC Crime Scene Investigation

Magnifying glass and crime sceneStudents will play the role of CSI detectives as they investigate evidence from a mock crime. Hands-on activities will pull together a variety of laboratory standards including the use of a compound light microscope and determining density. Students will also cover basic information about DNA as they use DNA fingerprinting to solve the crime.

Laboratory Techniques include:

  • Use a compound light microscope
  • Determine the density of materials by water displacement
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Sound wave analysis

Click here to register (No new registrations for 2013-2014)