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High schoolers get hands-on in biology with a variety of labs and experiments designed to challenge and inspire their thinking about the living world! They'll engage in experiments each week and learn proper microscope use, how to make slides, molecule identification, cell differentiation, photosynthesis and much more! All of our STEM School series classes are designed to compliment state standards being taught at home.

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FRI - 11:15 - 1:15 PM

Skill Level


Grade Level

Gr 9-12

Session 1

FRI: Sep 13, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019 [11:45 - 1:15 PM]

Biological Organisms Research


Week 1:

Using a Compound Microscope.
Students learn organelles in a cell and how to use a compound microscope in order to explore cell structure. They are guided through the process of creating an investigative question and a hypothesis to guide their lab exploration.

Week 2:

Molecule Identification.
Students explore the structure and function of common organic molecules. Students will use chemical tests to learn to identify organic molecules in food samples. Students will also use models to create simple 3D representations of organic molecules

Week 3:

Diffusion across a Semi-permeable Membrane.
Students review the process of diffusion and explore the effect of molecule size on the molecule's ability to diffuse across a membrane.

Week 4:

Cell Differentiation Lab.
Students learn to distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic plant, and eukaryotic animal cells.

Week 5:

Photosynthesis and Respiration.
Students will use Vernier gas sensors to test plants ability to convert stored energy in sugar via cellular respiration and release carbon dioxide. Students will test a plants ability to generate oxygen gas when exposed to a light source

Week 6:

Respiration of Sugars by Yeast.
Students determine whether yeast are capable of metabolizing a variety of sugars.

Week 7:

DNA Extraction.
Students observe and compare DNA by isolating and extracting it from various plant sources like broccoli and strawberries.

Week 8:

Building Proteins from RNA.
Students explore the molecular process of building proteins from the information carried by RNA

Session 2

FRI: Nov 8, 2019 - Jan 17, 2020 [11:15 - 1:15 PM]
(No class on Nov 29, Dec 27, Jan 3)

Session 3

FRI: Jan 24, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020 [11:15 - 1:15 PM]

Session 4

FRI: Mar 20, 2020 - May 22, 2020 [11:15 - 1:15 PM]
(No class on Apr 3, Apr 10)

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