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Environmental Microbiology:  July 9-10, 2012
Monday-Tuesday 9-2pm

In this introductory microbiology program, participants will be introduced to the use of binocular compound microscopes and the Ken-A-Vision digital microscope/camera systems to view live bacteria from a pond sample. They will examine the effect of an acidic environment on bacteria by adding acid to cultures, measuring the pH with the Vernier computer systems, and viewing acidified cultures with the Ken-A-Vision systems. Samples of live and acidified pond water will also be cultured in media (solid and liquid). In addition, participants will prepare agar plate pure cultures of non-pathogenic bacterial species. A final wrap-up will bring together inferences on the possible effects of acid precipitation on aquatic life in ponds and lakes. Further discussion will emphasize the importance of the Gram stain in both environmental and clinical bacteriology.


Acceptance is limited to 20 participants. Environmental Microbiology is for students entering 9th and 10th grade. The program fee is $50.00 per participant and includes the cost of required safety eyewear. The program runs Monday, July 9th and Thursday, July 10th, 9-2pm. Tuesday is parent participation day where participants share their projects from 1-2 pm. Participants must bring their own lunch and snacks.

Facilitator- Dr. Raymond Judware, Assistant Professor, CCC Science Department



Biotechnology Basics:  July 16-19,  2012
Monday-Thursday 9-2pm

In this program participants will learn the essentials of biotechnology including the function of enzymes, DNA, gel electrophoresis, and the practical application of recombinant DNA technology. Participants will learn techniques commonly used by practicing scientists and explore how biotechnology is used in the process of DNA fingerprinting. Each day of experimentation builds on the next in preparation for students to prepare, interpret and analyze DNA fingerprints using electrophoresis in a given crime scene scenario.


Acceptance is limited to 20 participants. Biotechnology Basics is for students entering 9th and 10th grade. The program fee is $75.00 per participant and includes the cost of required safety eyeware. The program runs Monday through Thursday, 9-2pm each day. Thursday afternnoon (1-2 pm) is parent participation day where participants share their projects. Participants must bring their own lunch and snacks.

Facilitator:  Michele Snyder, Associate Professor, STEM Outreach Coordinator, Science Department 

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Summer STEM Registration Form 2012