LAB Experiences FAQs
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?
No, without a signed research waiver students cannot attend the LAB Experience.
Can students participate in the PCR LAB Experience if they or their parents do not wish to sign the DNA Consent Form?
Yes, students can attend and take part in the lab activities, and participate in discussions without a signed DNA consent form. However, they will use a modified protocol.
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 1:00 pm. Classes designed for high school students take place approximately from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Is lunch provided?
Yes, all programs include a pizza and salad lunch for students, teacher and chaperones. Please notify RockEDU of any dietary restrictions.
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 photosynthesis, types of microorganisms, the technique of PCR, protein structure and function, or separation of matter, this is all depending on the specific LAB Experience class selected.
Where is the RockEDU Science Outreach Laboratory located?
The Rockefeller University is located at 1230 York Avenue at 66th street. The RockEDU Science Outreach Lab is located on the B level of the Flexner Building, indicated as #8B on this map. We are accessible by public transportation, the closest subway stop is the 6 train at 68th street and Lexington Ave or Q train at 72nd street and 2nd 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. Please notify us in advance if arriving by bus. 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., the Q at 72nd St./2nd Ave., and the 6 at 68th St./Hunter College.
How are teachers/classes selected for LAB Experience slots?
The RockEDU Science Outreach team bases our LAB Experience calendar on lots of factors, however, applications submitted sooner will be considered first.
Is a charter school considered a NYC DOE school?
If your charter school is funded by the NYC DOE, then yes.
How are the LAB Experiences funded?
These full-day field trips are supported by The Rockefeller University as well as donations and grants.
Why did RockEDU change the sign up system?
Starting in the Fall 2018 semester, we have changed our registration format to allow more teachers, students, and schools the opportunity to participate in LAB Experiences.