Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A day at the Biotech Expo

Today, I'll be your tour guide on a journey through Biotech Expo. We'll begin our trip in creative writing with the exploration of complicated family ties and genetic entanglements.

Next, we'll look at some modeling activities. The gentlemen on the right used an ecology program with sheep, wolves, and bushes, to simulate what might be happening inside your nose. The sheep represented bacteria or viral particles, the wolves, our immune cells, and the bushes, were the nose cells. These students examined the impact of changing the number of immune cells or the numbers of bacteria on the overall health of the nose.

Another modeling project is shown on the left. This model was made by cutting out shapes from some kind of squishy material and sticking wires through them. Very colorful!

On the right is one of our high school researchers describing her project to some of the judges. A winner in two categories, her project compared methods for isolating DNA for genotyping and the reproducibility of the different methods. She put her AP statistics class to good use!

"And when you smile for the camera..."

Serious drama students are always up for an interview with reporters, especially when they bring a film crew.

Today's tour will have to bypass the popular musical performances, and exceptional projects on journalism, multimedia, teaching, website design, and histology since a day at the Expo passes by quick and our tour is running out of time. Fortunately, we will not miss out on biotech art. Below, on the right we see a beautiful painting of yellow Trypanosoma gambiense swimming around in a pool of red blood cells. On the left, we see a drawing with both the science and consequences of multiple sclerosis.

The yellow busses are lined up and ready to depart. If you listen closely you can hear hands clapping from thousands of parents, thanking the dedicated organizers at the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research, and all researchers and biotech people who volunteered to be mentors or judges.

The tour is over

. . . until next year.


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Anonymous Marian said...

I really like this Sandy!! It is very nice!

5:24 PM  
Blogger The Science Goddess said...

One of these years, I'm going to make it across the Sound for this! It looks very cool.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Sandra Porter said...

I'm embarrassed to admit, I've been a mentor for kids doing the Expo for about 6 years, and this is the first Expo I've attended.

It was definitely good! The musical renditions alone, made it worth attending.

7:22 PM  

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