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Biotechnology Workshop

WSU Spokane CityLab staff have been offering day-long hands-on biotechnology workshops for groups of middle and high school students since 1995.  The workshop typically runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is conducted on the WSU Spokane campus in Spokane, WA.  Outlying schools who are unable to bring their students to Spokane can contact Dr. Oliver to arrange a school-based workshop.  Workshops are offered at no cost to public and private school groups.

The workshop consists of three hands-on labs designed to help the student understand basic biotechnology principles including: (1) understanding how electrophoresis equipment works (Electrophoresis Exploration); (2) learning how to make agarose gels and accurately pipette minute quantities of materials (The Dye Lab); and (3) bringing all their knowledge and skills together to analyze DNA samples using agarose gel electrophoresis (The DNA Lab).  A middle school experience typically is a half-day workshop and only includes The Dye Lab. 

Maximum class size:  24 

All students are required to have their parents or guardians sign a WSU Assumption of Risk Form (required by Washington State University).  When your school schedules a visit, we will send forms as well as information about WSU Spokane CityLab that students can share with their parents or guardians. 

The following are the three workshop labs for teacher review prior to the workshop.  Many teachers have also found it useful for students to receive some type of credit for this experience to encourage more focused participation. 

Young Women's Summer Science Camp

WSU Spokane CityLab has offered Young Women's Summer Science Camps for middle school girls since 1995.  Over the years, our enthusiastic and talented students  explored science and math through engaging hands-on activities and projects.  Working in teams, the girls solved medical and science mysteries using state-of-the art research equipment.  We traveled the region to visit college campuses and experienced exciting demonstrations of chemistry, physics, forensic science, ornithology, veterineary science, enviornmental science and the health sciences (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dental hygiene, physical therapy occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, nutrition, exercise physiology).   Students learned about exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and the education needed to work in these fields.  It has been a fun adventure over the past 17 years with many fond memories, and we now transition our efforts to bring a new program, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences, to the greater Northwest region.  You can find out more about this exciting high school program at our website.

Please check the Mobius Science Center website for details of science camps they plan to offer during the summer months. http://science.mobiusspokane.org/

WSU Spokane CityLab will continue to offer limited workshops during the year through school contacts.

Contact Information

Dr. Sylvia Oliver, Director
WSU Spokane CityLab

Telephone: 509.358.7635
E-mail: olivers@wsu.edu

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1495
Spokane WA 99210-1495

Shipping Address:
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202

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