Local teachers collect DNA, learn 'CSI' science at WFU summer workshop
July 12, 2007
Fifteen middle school science teachers from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are becoming students themselves during a July 9-19 workshop at Wake Forest University called, “The Science Behind Biotechnology,” taught by Rebecca Alexander associate professor of chemistry at Wake Forest.
Members of the media are invited to interview workshop participants in the chemistry lab Monday, July 16, as they learn hands-on activities they can replicate in their own classes such as isolating DNA from strawberries using household chemicals and cheesecloth.
During the two-week workshop, the teachers discuss topical issues such as plastics and recycling, the forensic science seen on popular TV shows like CSI and even the ethics of biologically engineered foods and stem cell research. Participants also visit the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the biopharmaceutical company Targacept at Piedmont Triad Research Park to see real-life examples of cutting-edge biotechnology.
Alexander’s workshop is funded by a research grant from the National Science Foundation.