Host our team for a hands-on Genes in Space workshop
For decades, the tools of biotechnology and DNA analysis have been difficult to implement in classrooms. The miniPCR DNA Discovery System is an innovative biotechnology teaching toolkit that closes this gap, on Earth and in the International Space Station. Through Genes in Space hands-on workshops we help middle and high school educators develop skills to bring the cutting edge of biology and space exploration into your classroom.
Genes in Space is a free science competition where teachers and students can design DNA research proposals for space. Winners have their experiments launched to the International Space Station and become involved in real-world space biology research.
Workshop participants learn how to participate in Genes in Space, immerse themselves in real-world uses of biotechnology in agriculture, forensics, and medical sciences, and develop skills to implement hands-on biotechnology with their students. They also become trained and prequalified to obtain free loans of miniPCR Lab in a Box equipment, reagents, and lesson plans for their classrooms.
Genes in Space hands-on workshops are free to the host institution. Contact our team to request a professional development workshop hosted by your educational institution.
Sample workshop agenda
Introduction to Genes in Space and biotechnology (~2 hours)
Participants will be introduced to the Genes in Space contest and learn how to engage students in a classroom activity. Participants will also learn how miniPCR’s innovative biotechnology toolkit has been utilized in classrooms, on the International Space Station, and beyond.
Hands-on biotechnology activity (~3 hours)
Participants will use biotechnology to identify the source of foodborne illness aboard the International Space Station (detailed materials available here). Participants will get hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques including PCR, restriction enzyme digest, and gel electrophoresis.