05.08.2019_Kids Who Clone: What a Colorful World - Bedford MA - Canceled
BioBuilder Learning Lab
700 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States of America
We live in a colorful world. Ever wonder what gives a butterfly its blue spots or a lizard its red stripes? In this lab, students will learn about natural and synthetic pigments, specifically focusing on the biological pathways used by E. coli to create purple and green pigments. Students will learn how to do simple bacterial transformation and explore how introducing or omitting different components of a genetic circuit can alter color. Discussion will emphasize how control samples affect data analysis. Students will also be encouraged to think creatively about experimental design and about how to modify existing genetic circuits for future use.
Intended Age Group: 6th-8th grade. This workshop is scheduled for May 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the Bedford Youth Program.
Required background: Some understanding of cells and cell function. A working knowledge about DNA as the coding language of cells. Familiarity with a laboratory environment is helpful but not required. When registering, please enter the name of the participant as it should appear on a name badge.