For the second straight year, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School science teacher Travis Moore brought his BIO 111 class to Lakeland’s campus for a half-day workshop.
Lakeland University Professor of Biology Greg Smith guided the students through a complex experiment that involved recombinant DNA technology.
With Smith’s tutelage, the visiting students isolated and purified DNA samples, cut them at specific sequences and visualized the fragments using gel electrophoresis.
“It was great to work with such a highly motivated group of students, and provide them some hands-on experience with the techniques and molecular processes they've learned about in their high school classroom,” Smith said.
“Some of them seemed shocked that this kind of research is regularly done just down the road from their hometown. “
Moore’s class is part of Lakeland’s expansive Concurrent Academic Progress Program (CAPP), which allows high school students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.
“Experiences like this allow our high school visitors to replicate a college lab atmosphere, without the time constraints of a typical high school schedule,” said Jason Duff, Lakeland’s K-12 relations manager.
“These motivated students have the opportunity to work with advanced scientific equipment, while learning from a college professor and upper-level college students.”