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. Classes take place in the Science Outreach and Education Laboratory -- a space that is entirely dedicated to the educational community. 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. All classes and workshops are free of charge. 


Grades 6-8: Understanding the Genetics of Human Disease

During this 2 hour class, students will be introduced to biomedical research questions under investigation in the research laboratories at The Rockefeller University. Each class includes a campus tour, visualization of DNA within cells, a DNA extraction, and a discussion with a Rockefeller scientist on how they study DNA to understand human disease. Actual topics will vary depending on availability of scientists.

This class is liimited to 24 students plus chaperones.


Grades 9-12: Understanding Human Disease

Students will meet with a scientist to discuss how basic science research improves our understanding of the often complex symptoms of a disease, and research contributes to the development of evidence-based treatments. Students will be exposed to hands-on activities that will introduce lab techniques for investigating and treating diseases. Furthermore, we will discuss strategies for developing and investigating research questions, as well as presenting research findings. Actual topics will vary depending on scientist availability.

This course is available as a half-day workshop or a full-day workshop. The half-day workshop runs for 2 hours, either from 10:00am to 12:00pm, or from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.  The full-day workshop runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm and includes lunch with graduate students to discuss careers in science and research.

This course is limited to 30 students plus chaperones.


Grades 9-12: Developmental Biology

This course spans development, differentiation, and growth of living organisms, from the molecular and genetic processes to the cellular evolutionary levels. While the focus will be on animal models, the actual topic will vary depending on scientist availability. Topics examples include the development of the visual system, control of gene expression, or evolution of the nervous system.

This course is available as a half-day workshop or a full-day workshop. The half-day workshop runs for 2 hours, either from 10:00am to 12:00pm, or from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.  The full-day workshop runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm and includes lunch with graduate students to discuss careers in science and research.

This course is limited to 30 students plus chaperones.


To become a part of the LAB Experience, please click here to complete the registration form.

 

"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

 
 

Contact

Yasmen Khan, MSc 
Science Outreach Program Administrator
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 53
New York, NY 10065-6399
phone: 212-327-7431
fax: 212-327-7519
outreach@rockefeller.edu