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Did Dinosaurs Have Stem Cells?

Grade – PreK and Kindergarten to 5th Grade

We charge a nominal fee to cover the cost of lab materials and time: Half day: $350 (up to 40 students); Full day: $500 (up to 80 students); $5 for each additional student above 80.

Course Information
Age 4-9
Format/ Schedule Mobile Lab / Winter, Spring and Fall
Location Any classroom or community hall  in the greater LA area
Dates Inquire for scheduling
Duration 1 hour per class
Session times Inquire for times
Class size Taught in classes of 20 students in half-day or full-day blocks
Course Details
Description

Did you know that stem cells enable some Lizard species can regrow their limbs and tails? "Did Dinosaurs Have Stem Cells?" is a ground breaking mobile lab program that enables young students aged 4-9 to explore the exciting science of regeneration, working hands-on with stem cells in their own classroom!

This unique program, only available at Pathways to Stem Cell Science provides an inspiring introduction to basic cell biology, regenerative stem cell science and scientific research. Students take on the role of paleo stem cell biologist, investigating the fascinating question of whether Dinosaurs might have possessed the same regenerative capacity as other reptile species. They use scientific method, inquiry driven research and real-life biochemical assays to formulate and test a research hypothesis, detecting the presence of putative "Dino stem cells" among a sample of four mystery cell types we grow in our professional biotech research lab. They also analyze and interpret their experiment using a professional research microscope, under the guidance of professional industry scientists.

Guaranteed to foster interest in the sciences, "Did Dinosaurs Have Stem Cells?" is the ONLY mobile lab in the world that brings real life cells and scientific research methods into elementary learning environments.

Curriculum

"Did Dinosaurs Have Stem Cells" is a 1 hour mobile lab class designed for delivery in any classroom or community hall. It can be taught to multiple classes of 20 students in half-day or full-day blocks.

The program covers the following concepts in experimental life science research:

1. Basic cell biology (structure and function of cells and multicellular organisms)
2. Basic stem cell biology (location and function of stem cells)
3. Tissue regeneration and physiology
4. Introductory developmental biology
5. Basic paleontology
6. Scientific method (observation, question, predication, hypothesis, experiment, analysis/interpretation and conclusions)
7. Introductory STEM career education – the varying roles of scientists in society

Features

-Hands-on lab class
-Fine motor skills
-Relatable role models
-Interactive discussions
-Visual aids (i.e. images, models, flash cards, scientific samples)
-Professional lab equipment (i.e. microscopes)
-Authentic research models (i.e. cells and stem cells)
-Problem solving and troubleshooting opportunities
-Cooperation and team work
-Unique inspiring real-world curriculum
-Take home activity
-Introductory career education

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