Grade – 6th to 9th
|Format/ Schedule||Vacation / Summer|
|2023 Dates||July 17th – July 21st and August 7th – August 11th|
|Times||9.00am – 3.00pm Monday – Friday (After care to 5pm is available at no extra cost)|
|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.|
Stem Cells and Biotechnology explores the industrial processes of insulin biomanufacturing and lab grown meat. Students discover how cultured cells are engineered to make medicines and food, working hands-on in a biotech research lab alongside industry scientists.
The five-day program is structured into two complementary sessions:
Session 1 focuses on the technical process of engineering bacteria to produce human insulin and provides hands-on training in molecular biology, genetic engineering, and microbiology. Participants learn how the human insulin gene is cloned then expressed to produce purified GMP compliant human insulin.
Session 2 focuses on the technical process of growing meat in the lab from cultured animal cells and provides essential training in mammalian cell culture, microscopy, and cell-based assays. Participants learn how muscle stem cells are isolated, cultured and differentiated to produce muscle protein fibers, replicating key steps in the biomanufacturing of lab grown meat.
The program introduces key concepts in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the regulatory bodies that oversee U.S. biomanufacturing. It also features a fun bioart project – painting with fluorescent bacteria.
Students gain a broad array of knowledge and skills in preparation for high school education and science fair research.
No other middle school programs provide such comprehensive education in modern biotechnology to children at such a young age.
– Inspiring multidisciplinary curriculum
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