BRITE Futures has served over 10,000 North Carolina students from 2008 -2016.
Our one- week biotechnology summer camps, for middle school and high school students:
Students extract DNA from a strawberry in sufficient quantities to be spooled.
Students learn to measure small volumes with precise instruments called digital micropipettes, the primary tool of the biotechnologist. They are asked to construct a model of a spectrum following directions for using food coloring and the best pipette techniques possible.
Students discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.
Students assume the role of forensic scientists and use DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA Fingerprinting) to analyze a drop of "blood" found at the scene of a robbery as they determine which of a number of suspects committed the crime.
Students perform an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), using a simulated viral extract, to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Students assume the role of laboratory investigators for a court case concerning the compositions of three sports drinks. Students develop skills in microanalysis and spectrophotometry as they collect quantitative data to determine the drinks' protein composition.
Crime Scene Investigator, PCR Basics: Students learn how trace amounts of DNA are used by forensic scientists to identify a person. Students use the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify DNA and gel electrophoresis to identify the DNA. (Requires 5-6 hours)
Students extract DNA from their own cheek cells using a simple laboratory procedure and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands. The DNA strands can then be collected and transferred into a vial or necklace.
Students use hydrophobic interactive chromatography, a key process in biotechnology research, to purify a genetically engineered designer protein (leptin) from transformed bacterial cells.
Students become virus hunters as they try to identify the viral agent for a fictitious potentially deadly disease outbreak. They perform electrophoresis to separate the samples and are able to compare banding patterns to identify the unknown virus strain.
Students perform an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), to prevent an allergic reactions by detecting ingredients that aren’t listed on food content labels.
Sign up now for BRITE Futures High School Summer Camp, July 10 - July 13, 2017
Betty Brown, MS, Outreach Coordinator
Carla Oldham, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Natacha Janvier-Derilus M.S. Academic Advisor
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707