Sunday, October 13, 2013

Biotechnology at Sac State's Expanding Your Horizons

I participated with the North Valley Biotechnology Center in the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Sacramento State University. This conference featured hands-on workshops and exhibits to encourage more 6th to 8th grade girls into STEM careers.

Sac State published a preview article for the event: Expanding Your Horizons Connects Girls to Science.

Yay! The article mentions our workshop “Eat Your Way to DNA” – Using a strawberry and common household products to extract a real DNA sample to take home.

There was one DNA activity that required some review practice...

Scenes from my day at Expanding Your Horizons

First workshop activity - DNA origami

Next - Strawberry DNA
Students crush strawberries before adding detergent.

Filtering strawberry detergent solution

Origami DNA and Strawberry DNA isolation

Success! Spooling strawberry DNA from alcohol solution.

After the morning workshop, we're at the exhibition room:

The North Valley Biotechnology Center table

Playing with salmon DNA

Some more exhibits at Expanding Your Horizons

Sac State posted more photos from Expanding Your Horizons!

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