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ERIC Number: EJ899547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
"OpenLAB": A 2-Hour PCR-Based Practical for High School Students
Bouakaze, Caroline; Eschbach, Judith; Fouquerel, Elise; Gasser, Isabelle; Kieffer, Emmanuelle; Krieger, Sophie; Milosevic, Sara; Saandi, Thoueiba; Florentz, Catherine; Marechal-Drouard, Laurence; Labouesse, Michel
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v38 n5 p296-302 Sep-Oct 2010
The Strasbourg University PhD school in Life and Health Sciences launched an initiative called "OpenLAB." This project was developed in an effort to help high school teenagers understand theoretical and abstract concepts in genetics. A second objective of this program is to help students in defining their future orientation and to attract them to biology. The general idea is a 2-hour PCR-based practical that is developed around a fictitious criminal investigation. The practical is taught by PhD graduate students who bring all the required reagents and modern equipment into the classroom. Running the PCR provides free time dedicated to discussions with students about their future plans after the high school diploma. A specific website and a powerpoint presentation were developed to provide appropriate scientific information. Starting on a modest scale in Strasbourg in December 2008, "OpenLAB" was rapidly and well received all around, visiting 53 classes spread over a 200 km area in Alsace until May 2009. It permitted interactions with almost one thousand students in their last year of high school, with the prospect to visit 20% more classes this school year. Our experience, along with feedback from students and their teachers, suggests that it is possible to reach out to many students and have a strong impact with a rather limited budget. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France