Last summer, the Academy succeeded in bringing biotechnology to a younger audience through its first program for high school students: SummerSTEM, Fish Fraud Forensics. Students who participated in the week-long program were tasked with using an authentic laboratory workflow to detect whether a (hypothetical) local restaurant committed fish fraud – when customers are sold a cheaper, less desirable species of fish than the specific species they ordered.
To bring the program to a larger audience of young people, the Academy is offering four weeks of the course this summer – two weeks designed for middle school students, and two weeks for high school students. With cognitive and developmental differences in mind, instructors altered the curriculum to better connect with the middle schoolers. The new middle school curriculum follows the same story as the high school course, but now includes more interactive games and science-themed art. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to our giant lobster collage, an art piece displayed at the Academy that pays homage to the GMGI Lobster Genome Project currently underway.
A pilot of the new middle school curriculum was conducted during April break. Participants and their parents provided glowing reviews of the program. One parent said “My child came back having enjoyed himself. I like that you made using pipettes interesting.”
Gloucester Biotechnology Academy would like to extend a special thank you to the students of both O’Maley Middle School and Brookwood School for participating in condensed versions of the course this spring.
Fish Fraud Forensics will run on the following dates:
Middle School (ages 12-14)
July 22 – 26
August 5 – 9
Sessions take place from 9 am - 2 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9 am - 12 pm on Friday at 55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. There are no science or math prerequisites necessary to participate.
Space is available in all four sessions. To register please visit www.gmgi.org/summerstem and download the registration form. E-mail completed forms (or questions) to Elizabeth Brannon at: Elizabeth.email@example.com
Students from Brookwood School pilot new middle school Fish Fraud Forensics curriculum
O’Maley students show off their gel images after running electrophoresis
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