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ICE Stages Outreach Event for High School Students

On July 19, the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE), whose Director is Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department, is staging an outreach event for 10 local high school students designed to introduce them to the complex and fascinating world of cellular engineering. “Essentially, the students are high school students from Springfield and Holyoke,” says ICE Program Manager Shana Passonno, “and students from the Institute for Cellular Engineering are organizing a day of laboratory demonstrations and activities, lab tours, and an undergraduate panel session about life as a college student.” The high school students will explore the exciting interface of engineering and the life sciences and interact with members of our graduate, undergraduate, and faculty community.

The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The agenda includes an introduction to ICE, a presentation on genes and proteins,  a demonstration on DNA extraction, and introduction to and demonstration about fluorescence, a talk on protein engineering, a discussion about engineering cells and tissues, an undergraduate panel on the college experience, and a tour of various labs and facilities. Faculty and graduate students from the Chemical Engineering, Veterinary and Animal Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry departments will participate in the presentations and demonstrations.

The undergraduate panel consists of students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, and the University of Maryland. (July 2011)