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LAB Experiences

The Learning At the Bench (LAB) Experience classes are designed to engage middle and high school science students and teachers in ongoing research at The Rockefeller University. Meetings with scientists and activities at the lab bench will introduce best practices in scientific research, and discuss how basic science research is relevant to real life situations. Classes for schools within the NYC DOE take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Science Outreach and Education Laboratory -- a space that is entirely dedicated to the educational community. Classes for schools outside of the NYC DOE take place on every other Tuesday and Friday. All classes take place between 10 am and 2:30 pm. 

LAB Experience Curricula for Students

PCR, Advised for high school students

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a powerful and versatile technology used in laboratory research, genetic analysis, and forensics. Students will have the opportunity to extract, PCR, and visualize a fragment of their mitochondrial DNA. Through this process, students will discuss ethical considerations in collecting human genetic information for general purposes, and in the context of a theoretical case study.

GFP, Advised for intermediate/advanced high school students

Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), is a protein initially isolated from the jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, that fluoresces bright green when exposed to UV light. It has become a powerful research tool for visualizing proteins, organelles, cellular organization, and even whole organisms for a variety of purposes. Students will have the opportunity to perform protein purification, visualized by tracking the GFP, and to discuss related chemical applications used in laboratory settings.

AL-G,  Advised for middle school students

At first glance, the green pond outside may appear to look like a wet mess, however there are many interesting living organisms in the mix. Microscopic organisms are all around us.  In this LAB experience, students will get to explore algae and other microbes under a range of microscopes and conditions.  Students will also use algae as a model for studying photosynthesis through the design and implementation of their own photosynthesis experiment.

NYC DOE Registration is Open: Sign Up For Spring 2017

Non NYC DOE Registration is Open: Sign Up For Spring 2017 

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"My experience to Rockefeller University was unforgettable. I learned a lot from the different types of scientists and I didn't know science could be so fun and interesting." - Student

"Our visit to Rockefeller University was an unforgettable experience. After the trip, every fellow classmate of mine spoke about how excited and happy they were about the trip. We all wish to do it again. It is very rare when teenagers find a class trip both educational and fun . . . . After the trip, I saw scientist in a different light. I believed that science was all about studying boring books and studying boring things in a lab. Now I know it is much more interesting. While I interacted with scientist, I learned that science is all about curiosity and asking questions. Now everywhere I go, I have a small question in the back of my head." - Student

"As I walked into the school building today, I met two of the students who were in attendance on Friday. The first thing that they said to me was that the trip was awesome and they continued talking about it as we walked up the stairs I will have my students write out their reflections and forward them to you. I will also forward my own reflection. Thank you so much for your great organization, enthusiasm and dedication. As I stated to you on Friday, I have never encountered such an experience with my students in my teaching career!" - Teacher



Aimee Moraitis
Science Outreach Research Administrator
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 53
New York, NY 10065-6399
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