Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. – Seventy-five winners from this year’s Brentwood District Science Fair celebrated DNA Day on April 15 by genetically engineering bacteria that glows! Funded by the National Grid Foundation, the hands-on scientific experiences delivered by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center, are part of a larger district-led effort to enhance the school district’s biology curriculum.
"The National Grid Foundation is proud to join DNA Learning Center and Brentwood Schools in bringing the promise and wonder of scientific inquiry to the students of Brentwood. It's our hope that it will spark life-long learning about the mysteries of life's most fundamental building block - DNA," said Bob Keller, National Grid Foundation President.
This specially tailored program includes six full-day laboratory experiences at Brentwood’s elementary schools for 650 5th graders. Each student participant has the opportunity to view his/her own cells, as well as plant cells, using compound microscopes.
The program was developed collaboratively by Amanda McBrien, Assistant Director of Instruction at the DNA Learning Center, and Lisa Catandella, Elementary Science Consultant in the Brentwood Union Free School District. Funding for these “Fun with DNA” and “DNA Science” workshops was provided by a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation.
About National Grid Foundation
The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life in areas where National Grid provides services. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tolls to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A world leader in genetics education for the public since 1989, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC) has provided interactive, hands-on workshops in genetics and biotechnology for more than 500, 000 students from Long Island and the surrounding boroughs.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of efforts in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major causes of human suffering. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.
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