NSTA National Conference Workshops - Chicago, 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended our Workshops at the NSTA Annual Conference in Chicago this year! Over the course of two full days, we offered a full slate of workshops, which introduced attendees to everything from basic biotechnology skills to advanced applications using the Polymerase Chain Reaction.
Please see below for all presentations offered during the conference and we hope to see you again soon!
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EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Detecting the "Silent Killer": Clinical Diagnosis of Diabetes
More than 380 million people worldwide have diabetes, a disease that causes high blood sugar. Due to genetic predisposition and high-calorie,
low-activity lifestyles, that number continues to grow. Without early treatment, diabetes causes severe medical complications. We will diagnose
diabetes using simulated urinalysis and ELISA tests.
EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - The Case of the Missing Records
Explore genetic diversity using forensic science! Your students become crime scene investigators as they analyze biological evidence using DNA
fingerprinting, a technique that identifies people via genetic differences. Gel electrophoresis is used to create DNA fingerprints from crime scene and
suspect samples. A match between samples suggests which suspect committed the crime.
EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Biotechnology Basics: Cutting Edge Science in Your Classroom
Would you like to learn more about technologies used in today’s laboratories? If so, join us for this hands-on
workshop exploring three commonly used biotechnology techniques (DNA isolation, PCR, and electrophoresis). These experiments will help your students understand how techniques like genetic engineering work in a real-world context
EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - What's In My Lunch? Testing Food for GMOs
For centuries, selective breeding and conventional hybridization were used to produce desirable qualities in food crops. Today, genetic engineering
directly manipulates the DNA, quickly producing these traits. Due to controversy, some companies removed GM ingredients from their foods. We will
extract snack food DNA and analyze it using PCR and electrophoresis.
EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - The Drunken Worms
Model organisms allow us to study fundamental questions in biology that are difficult to study in humans. Learn how to culture the nematode C. elegans in your classroom. Explore how mutations affect alcohol metabolism using a simple locomotion assay. Data is collected and analyzed using statistics.EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Linking STEM to Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
Explore four hot topics in biotechnology using gel electrophoresis: DNA fingerprinting, paternity testing, medical
diagnostics, and GM organisms. Brightly colored dyes simulate DNA fragments, eliminating post-electrophoresis
staining and saving valuable classroom time! Results are analyzed using a semi-logarithmic plot, which fosters
critical thinking skills and STEM learning techniques.EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Detecting the Flu
The yearly seasonal flu epidemic is caused by the Influenza virus. As a general rule, flu symptoms are enough to warrant its diagnosis during flu
season. However, further testing may be necessary to rule out serious conditions like pneumonia. In this simulation, two common tests (ELISA,
RT-PCR) are performed to diagnose the flu in a clinical setting.EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Investigating the Genome with DNA Sequencing Technology
DNA sequencing technology unlocked the secrets coded in our DNA. For example, the sequence of the human genome has allowed
researchers to identify specific variations in the DNA sequence that can be used as markers for disease predisposition. We will explore
DNA sequencing by running electrophoresis and analyzing real autoradiograms.EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Exploring the Genetics of Taste: SNP Analysis of the PTC Gene Using PCR
Explore the relationship between genotype and phenotype using Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). Some think PTC tastes bitter, while others find
it tasteless. The ability to taste PTC has been linked to variations in a taste receptor gene. In this workshop, learn to use PCR to distinguish
between PTC alleles.EDVOTEK® NSTA Chicago Workshop - Transformation Tricks and Tips
Are transformations giving you trouble? Then this is the workshop for you! We will transform E. coli with plasmids that express brightly colored
rainbow proteins. They can even glow fluorescent green with GFP! We’ll share tips and tricks along the way to ensure experimental success.