A group of 30 CCSC sophomores and juniors attended the Biotech Futures college and career exploration event on May 29 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with biology teacher Jeff Molk and college counselor Nadira Hairston. Organized by the MassBioEd Foundation, the BioTech Futures series brought together 240 students and 16 teachers from schools across the state for two daylong programs on topics in the burgeoning life sciences field, from DNA sequencing to the neurobiology of bee pollination to solar cells and cyclic reactions.
An interactive unit on “The Science of Jello” combined material science and cultural history to show how a familiar food can be used study the properties of gels. During lunch the students heard a lecture entitled “From Bacteria to Bedside” by Dr. Tyler DeWitt, an MIT graduate and the author of a YouTube textbook for biology and chemistry. Held in WPI’s new life sciences complex, the program also included a campus tour and a professional development session for the faculty chaperons.