Our students are excited about learning and come to class and club each day with determination and ambition. Each one of our students is special and come from diverse backgrounds. In our science classrooms, we teach critical thinking skills and language skills together, through the construction of interactive lab reports that utilize graphics, online simulations, and hands-on experiences. Additionally, we are unique in that we provide a high number of AP and dual credit programs. Thank you for your support.
Our school's science club participated in the Austin Regional Science Fair this past February for the first time with many molecular biology and biochemistry projects winning metals. We are thrilled that one of our members will be participating in the state fair this month in molecular biology. Many of our students stayed after school for months working on projects. Our school is allowing our students, and new students, to continue this work by offering a dedicated science class focusing on biotechnology, bioscience, molecular biology, and microbiology. The class is project based where students solve a difficult biological question by collecting samples, extracting DNA, preforming various techniques demonstrated in the class (PCR, CRISPR, Gram staining, micro technique, DNA sequencing, SDS page, etc) and presenting findings at events through multiple stages of the class leading up to the Austin Regional Science Fair. We are currently working with local institutions of higher learning to have the class award college credit to high school students.
We are seeking support for supplies in setting up the biotechnology/ bioscience class.
One of the main items needed is a class set of micropipettes and tips. We have found that the fixed volume micropipettes work well and do not require expensive calibration. Furthermore they only require one type of tip for use. We additionally found a number of them on sale and are requesting only what we need to make a full class set. We are also requesting several chemicals used in buffers (boric acid, tris, EDTA). We intent to train students on how to make up solutions on their own rather than purchase premixed solutions. Furthermore we are requesting tubes and tube racks for the storage of DNA samples. Finally we are requesting a lab vacuum aspirator used for pumping down liquids and protective gloves.
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