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Stem Cells and Biotechnology

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Grade – 6th to 9th

Course Information
Age 11-14
Format/ Schedule Vacation / Summer
Location Torrance, CA
2022 Dates July 18th – July 22nd and August 8th – August 12th
Duration 5 Days
Times 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday (After care to 5pm is available at no extra cost)
Class size 6
Eligibility Stem Cells and Biotechnology is an intermediate-level,  hands-on program open to both residential and international students.  It is suited to science enthusiasts with basic knowledge of cells and molecular biology.  No prior laboratory experience is required to take this course.  If your child has not attended basic biology classes in school we recommend completing our Intro to Cell Biology program before joining this course.  Students are required to arrange their own transportation to and from the program.
Admission Eligible students are accepted on a first-come-first-served rolling basis up to 1 week before the course start date. Additional questions? Click here to learn more about our general admissions policy or call us at 310-483-3651.
Course Details

Stem Cells and Biotechnology is a five day program that explores how cells are used in the biomanufacturing of medicines and food. The program focuses on two industrial processes: 1. Insulin production and 2. Cultured meats.

During the first half of the course, students learn how Insulin is produced on an industrial scale as a medicine to treat diabetes. They follow the technical of process of cloning and expressing the human insulin gene in bacteria, gaining critical skills in molecular biology, genetic engineering and microbiology. The remainder of the program explores how stem cells are isolated from farm animals and converted into somatic cells for the production of lab grown meats. No other programs provide training in mammalian cell culture methods to students at such a young age.

The entire program is taught hands-on from the laboratory by professional industry scientists. Participants gain exposure to a wide range of essential lab techniques for future science fair research. They also enjoy the rare opportunity to engage with guest speakers from the field of biotechnology.


– Inspiring multidisciplinary curriculum
– Fun practical activities
– Engaging teaching modalities
– Essential real-world lab skills
– Foundational biology principles
– Hands-on lab classes
– Inquiry led experiments
– Guest speakers
– Professional science mentors
– Exposure to real science
– Career education
– Social interaction
– Team work and collaboration


-Laboratory safety
-DNA purification
-Agarose gel electrophoresis
-Aseptic technique
-Mammalian cell culture
-Bioassays (Immunocytochemistry)

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