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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Burchfield Penney Art Center 1300 Elmwood Ave
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Online
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Online
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Location: Same as Cohort Meeting
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Erie 1 BOCES, Harlem Rd West Seneca
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Online
Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: SUNY Buffalo State
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Science and Math Complex Room 259, SUNY Buffalo State
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Location: Same as Cohort Meeting
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: TBA

Class of 2017

STEM @ State

High School Students Participate in Campus Labs and Workshops for STEM @ State

Honors and AP high school students filled SUNY Buffalo State’s STEM buildings and labs on May 19 for the STEM @ State event hosted by the WNY Master Teacher Program.

Students at the event were given the opportunity to use equipment rarely available in high schools. Students in one session used a Germanium (Ge) detector to measure gamma rays and observe the effects of Neutron Activation. Other sessions allowed students to locate genes in their own DNA using bioinformatics to compare phenotype with genotype for PTC Taste Receptor TAS2R38, the gene that causes bitter taste receptors in some.

“High school students were able to complete laboratories and workshops, utilizing lab equipment not readily available in the high school environment in collaboration with research scientists. This provided them with valuable experience and a feeling of what it would be like to study STEM topics at the post-secondary level,” explained David Henry, co-director of the Western New York Master Teacher program.

Several students commented on their appreciation for having the opportunity to actually perform experiments and work in the labs. “The hands-on workshops were awesome, and I think they could benefit any student looking to explore math and science,” noted one student participant.

Students reported that the workshops provided insight into what science students experience at the college level: “It was very informative and gave me an idea of what this class would be like in college,” observed one participant in The Genetics of Bitter Taste Workshop.

Nanoscience and the nanotechnology of gold particles were the topic of another lab, which encouraged students to explore materials that are being increasingly used in the fields of electronics, photodynamic therapy, and environmental technology. 

“Buffalo State was proud to show off our new facilities and tout our STEM programs to the area’s most talented youth,” concluded Henry.

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