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Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary students experience biotechnology
01/28/2014

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Students from Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary traveled to the Towson University Center for STEM Excellence to work on a lab called the "Mystery of the Crooked Cell." They collaborated with their Randallstown High School mentors on the lab and even had the opportunity to work with science experts Christina Romano and Dr. Mary Stapleton from the Bioscience Education Outreach Program at Towson.

The students became diagnostic laboratory technicians, investigating the ways in which biotechnology is used to diagnose sickle cell anemia. They had the unique experience of using gel electrophoresis in order to determine whether a fictitious patient carried the gene that causes sickle cell. The elementary students participated in a micropipette challenge using advanced laboratory equipment in order to construct a model of a spectrum.

The day actively engaged all students as they worked in an authentic lab setting and investigated while using real-world science. Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary have developed a dynamic partnership with the Towson University Center for STEM Excellence and the Randallstown High School Biotechnology Magnet Program, which has enabled the students to experience biotechnology first hand in a dedicated student laboratory at the Columbus Center.

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Spotlight and photos submitted by: Susie Peeling- Magnet Coordinator Halstead Academy
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