GMGI’s summer course for middle and high school students -
SummerSTEM: Fish Fraud Forensics
Fish Fraud Forensics is our exciting one-week laboratory course that launched in July of 2018, the first of many future summer courses that will be taught in the unique biotech lab at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.
The SummerSTEM courses are designed for students ages 12-17 who want a hands-on research experience, working with modern equipment and using real scientific methods to solve problems.
Our first course, Fish Fraud Forensics, combines biotechnology and forensics, only this time the CSI team is investigating a real-world problem about fish: how to identify different species of fish by using biotechnology methods.
Students will play the part of a scientific investigator! Participants will extract DNA from fresh fish samples and then use modern biotechnology methods to identify their fish specimen. Each student will have their own laboratory manual, where they will record their data and observations.
On Friday, the final day of the course, students will analyze their findings and present their results to the class.The identity of the mystery fish will then be revealed!
The course will be taught by the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy staff and volunteers. Each student will have ample guidance and support in this mock investigation of fish fraud.