Frequently Asked Questions
What should students bring to the LAB Experience?
All students MUST have a fully signed waiver form in order to participate in our laboratory activities. This waiver will be sent to educators in advance of class visit. We will be working in a functioning research lab so students must come dressed in lab-appropriate attire: closed-toed shoes and long pants or skirts. Students should be prepared to participate actively in our discussions and activities, but do not need to bring any “school supplies.”
Can students participate if they or their parents do not wish to sign the research waiver?
Yes, these students can attend, observe the lab activities, and participate in discussions without a signed research waiver.
What time do the LAB Experience Classes take place?
LAB Experience classes designed for middle school students take place approximately from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Classes designed for high school students take place approximately from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. These classes include lunch.
How can I prepare my class for the LAB Experience?
We will teach students how to do the steps needed for the included activities; however, we cannot go into all of the background and detail of these experiments in our limited time together. You could introduce your students to appropriate concepts such as types of microorganisms, the technique of PCR, protein structure and function, or separation of matter depending on the specific LAB Experience class selected.
Where is the Rockefeller Science Outreach Lab located?
The Rockefeller University is located at 1230 York Avenue at 66th street.The Outreach Lab is located on the B level of the Flexner Building, indicated as #7D on this map. We are accessible by public transportation, the closest subway stop is the 6 train at 68th street and Lexington Ave. From there you can transfer to the M66 bus or take a short walk to 66th street and York Ave. For driving directions to the university, you can consult Google Maps.
Do you provide transportation?
No, we do not provide transportation, but we can offer bus parking while you are here. We are also approximately a 15 minute walk from the F at Lexington Ave./63rd St., the 4/5/6/N/Q/R at Lexington Ave./59th St., and the 6 at 68th St./Hunter College.
Do you provide lunch?
Yes we provide a pizza lunch for all students, teachers, and chaperones in attendance.
How are the LAB Experiences funded?
These classes are supported by The Rockefeller University as well as donations and grants. We currently have a grant from the Astor Foundation that allows us to offer these classes within the DOE at no cost to schools.