Life Sciences Learning Center

High 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

4-Hour Field Trip Programs

These laboratory investigations are designed for groups of students accompanied by their teacher and are targeted toward students in grades 9-12.

  • Classes are only offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Programs run from 9:30AM to 1:30PM with a break for lunch (lunch is not provided)
  • Cost is $20 per student

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

Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering illustrationGenetic Engineering refers to the alteration of genetic material in a living organism. This procedure has many applications -- from the design of gene therapy vectors to the production of proteins like insulin and growth hormones. In this session, students engage in a case study to learn how to engineer DNA to make an antibiotic resistant and helpful strain of bacteria

Laboratory Techniques include:

  • Restriction enzyme digest
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Ligation of DNA
  • Bacterial transformation

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Medical Mystery: The Case of the Ailing Infant

Medical Mysteries illustrationA newborn infant is fighting for his life - how could his problem be diagnosed and treated? Students will take on the role of laboratory technicians as they perform different tests to diagnose what is actually a genetic disease. Students will learn about genetic testing and how changes in DNA lead to changes in the structure and function of proteins. Based on a real case, this unit provides a starting point for discussion on genetic diseases, genetic testing, gene therapy and bioethics.

Laboratory Techniques include:

  • Differential Diagnosis: Testing for ammonia, glucose and drugs
  • Paper chromatography
  • Use of restriction enzymes in analysis of DNA
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis

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