biotechnology

STEM Motivators: PBS Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

STEM Motivators: PBS Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Looking for a quick way to hook future STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fans? PBS Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers are short, golden nuggets of insight into the life of modern day scientists and engineers. From biology to astronomy, to nanoscience and engineers, PBS inspires future innovators andnew discovery, showing the role models […]


Dear EPA and Fracking Friends: His Water Smells Like Lighter Fluid

Dear EPA and Fracking Friends: His Water Smells Like Lighter Fluid

EPA you have our two thumbs up to put out the stop sticks out on fracking if the data shows a drastic degradation of basic drinking water due to corporate misfeasance.


STEM: Biotechnology Butterfly Unit

STEM: Biotechnology Butterfly Unit

We have a new crew of painted lady butterflies in our Biotechnology/Space Lab. The life cycle of painted lady butterflies is one in a three part unit that includes a research review to explore if the concern of genetically modified Bt corn is a danger to Monarch butterflies is supported by current science research, as well as a discovery unit of light interaction with the structure of the Blue Morpho butterflies at a nano level. A special thank you to my colleague Ms. Golnik (our brilliant art teacher) for providing video technology support for the special video moment provided with this blog entry.


Genes of a Cell Are Like the 88 Keys of a Piano

Genes of a Cell Are Like the 88 Keys of a Piano

The genes of a cell are like the 88 keys of a piano. To play chords and music, however, the keys must be activated in exact combinations by a pianist’s hands. Those hands represent the coregulators of a cell that simultaneously and precisely activate genes to produce all of the cell’s functions.


Spring Science In The Garden: Will This Make Them Taste Better?

Spring Science In The Garden: Will This Make Them Taste Better?

I picked up a pack of Royal Beans from a big home improvement garden center up the highway. The purple beans will match the color theme on my porch. The next step was checking the Farmer’s Almanac to see the best day to plant the seeds to provide a huge crop of these purple beauties. […]


What Nature Has Revealed to Us

What Nature Has Revealed to Us

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. ~Albert Einstein