Date(s) & Location(s):
June 9 - 14, 2024 in Morganton, NC
June 16 - 21, 2024 in Morganton, NC
July 14 - 19, 2024 in Morganton, NC
Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

In this course, students will explore the world of biotechnology, including the technology involved, its importance to society, careers, and hands-on laboratory exercises.  Over the course of the week, students will engage in hands-on exploration of the many areas of biotechnology, such as food and fuel production, restriction enzymes and recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering, GMOs and their uses, forensic biotechnology, and genomics.

Students will examine the basic cellular structure, conduct environmental sampling for microbes, examine enzyme structure and function, engage in several fermentation activities including food and fuel production, extract DNA, digest it with restriction enzymes, conduct gel electrophoresis to separate and examine DNA fingerprinting, copy DNA through a polymerase chain reaction, and explore other DNA manipulation techniques.


Students will gain a basic understanding of the various aspects of biotechnology, the impact it has on modern society, and the variety of careers that work with biotechnology. They will also experience a variety of experiments and demonstrations of various biotechnologies.