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STEM Camp

Don't miss out! Mom & Daughter STEM Camp 2017
August 7-10  |  Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Palm Beach State College is excited to host our third annual Mom/ Daughter STEM camp. The half-day camp will run Monday through Thursday from 9am-12pm at the Palm Beach Gardens campus in the Bioscience Technology Complex building, in biotech labs SC214 and SC217.

We will be doing forensics, genetics, chemistry, engineering, botany, and math activities, plus career exploration and wellness activities for girls in 6th - 8th grades. Girls must come with either their mom, grandma, big sister (over 18), aunt, or other adult female chaperone.

Girls will explore DNA isolation techniques, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, engineering labs, math activities, learn about our medicinal gardens, and more! We'll have great giveaways and special treats for the kids and adult participants.

On the final day, we will host a Female Scientist & Engineer Career Panel from 10am – 12pm where campers will hear from local female scientists and engineers about their experiences and get tips for success.  During the week-long day camp, moms/chaperones are fully engaged and participate in all activities (this is not a drop-off camp).  We think that’s what makes this camp special and fun!

To Register you must first create a profile. Once you have a profile, please log into PantherWeb and search for the class: LUO0181. The cost of the camp is $100.

Please contact Dr. Becky Mercer for details (mercerb@palmbeachstate.edu or 561-207-5059)

We look forward to seeing you and your young scientist this summer!

 

Lab Equipment Loan Program

Attention teachers!
PBSC loans lab equipment for use in your classroom!

Are budget cuts restricting your ability to teach the latest science labs and concepts? Do you wish you had the equipment and supplies to run cool experiments like agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA isolation, PCR, protein extraction, algae culture, or microscopy?

PBSC has developed a program for Palm Beach County middle and high schools to borrow laboratory equipment for 4-week terms.

 

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Equipment for rent includes:

  • Gel electrophoresis chambers
  • Agarose gel trays & power supply
  • Microscopes & prepared slides
  • UV-Vis Spectrophotometers
  • Micropipets and tips
  • UV & white light boxes
  • pH meters
  • Thermal cycler (PCR machine)
  • Algae bioreactor

In exchange for the equipment loan and training, teachers and their students participating in the program will be expected to give a presentation / make a video or other documentation of what they did with the equipment, and how they incorporated it into curriculum and classroom activities.

For loan details, please contact:

Dr. Becky Mercer, Director, Biotechnology Programs & STEM Education
561-207-5059  or  mercerb@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Tecnologico de Monterrey: Student Tour of Green Energy & Environmental Programs at Palm Beach State College's Eissey Campus

On October 15th, thirty-two high school junior and seniors from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico visited and toured the Eissey campus. The biotechnology program was one of several programs to present to the group of international students. Biotechnology graduate, Michael Butts, spoke to the group regarding biotech's involvement in green projects.

 

Michael Butts

Michael Butts

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