The Biology Department at Hudson Valley Community College
makes an effort to reach out to the community to share learning experiences
in the natural sciences. One example is the "Molecular Biology for
High School Students" program, which provides a hands-on molecular
biology experience for motivated high school students.
Biotechnology for High School Students
The fifth "Molecular Biology for High School Students"
Program was held on three Saturdays in January and February 2002.
This program provided a hands-on molecular biology experience for motivated
high school students. The course began with a discussion of measurement
and micropipetting and DNA structure and the students performed a DNA
restriction digest. The second session contained the theory behind
electrophoresis and the pouring, loading, running, and staining of electrophoretic
gels. During the third session, students analyzed their restriction
digest, and discussed the recent use of DNA technology in "fingerprinting"
suspects for court cases. Also, students discussed the gel electrophoresis
of a forensic simulation and wrapped up with an overview of the mini-course.
Twenty students from Rensselaer County high schools were chosen to participate
based upon their applications and teacher recommendations.
The participants included students from:
- Averill Park Central School
- Catholic Central High School
- Columbia High School
- Emma Willard
- Hoosick Falls Central School
- Hoosick Valley Jr./Sr. High School
- Lansingburgh High School
- Rensselaer High School
- Tamarac High School
- Troy High School
We hope to be able to offer this program again and are
encouraging all interested high school students in Rensselaer County
high schools to apply.
Contact your science teacher for an application!