February 20th, 2020

Highlights from February workshops

February is shaping up to be a record-breaking month for the Genes in Space team. By the end of the month, we will have traveled a total of nearly 15,000 miles to put on 6 workshops across 5 states. We're taking a break from preaching the Genes in Space gospel to share some highlights with you here.

Atlanta workshop 2-7-20 pipetting

Centennial High School workshop, Roswell, GA

On February 7th, we braved a rare Atlanta snow to spend the day with a crowd of energetic Georgia educators. miniPCR bio's Sebastian Kraves gave participants a chance to come up with their own launch-ready ideas in a Genes in Space brainstorm, then walked the group through the miniPCR Food Safety Lab. In this lab activity, participants use biotechnology to identify the source of a (simulated) outbreak of foodborne illness on the ISS. 

The group ended the day excited to share Genes in Space with their own students. A big thanks to our host, Centennial High School teacher Bob Kuhn, for making this fantastic day possible!

MfA workshop 2-12-20

Math for America workshop, New York, NY

On February 12th, we visited Genes in Space sponsor MƒA in their New York offices to host a professional development workshop for a group of nine MƒA teacher fellows. With guidance from Genes in Space program lead Katy Martin and co-founder Scott Copeland, participants dreamed up launch-ready experiment ideas and got some hands-on experience with the same miniPCR technology astronauts use to carry out Genes in Space experiments on the ISS. We thank MƒA's Uzma Shah for coordinating a successful workshop!

OKC workshop 2-17-20 checking gel

Edmond Memorial High School workshop, Oklahoma City

miniPCR bio's Bruce Bryan joined a group of 14 Oklahoma educators for a full-day workshop on February 17th. With his support, participants brainstormed topics for Genes in Space investigations and walked through a lab activity simulating an outbreak of foodborne illness on the ISS. Many thanks to our host, Edmond Memorial High School teacher Amy Willhoite, for organizing a fantastic workshop.

Katy TX workshop 2-17-20 pipetting

Paetow High School workshop, Katy, TX

Also on February 17th, miniPCR bio's Robert Dennison and Genes in Space program lead Katy Martin led a workshop for a packed house of 34 Houston-area educators. With help from Boeing's Melissa Boyer, Katy and Robert led participants in a hands-on lab activity using the same miniPCR biotechnology available to astronauts on the ISS. A big thanks to our hosts, Katy Independent School District's Tina Hovance, Cathy Harter, and Stev'anne Horton. It was a pleasure to spend the day with your teachers!

Are you a teacher interested in attending or hosting a Genes in Space workshop? Contact us at genesinspace@minipcr.com to learn how you can get involved.

Posted in Educators, Workshops.