Congratulations to the Master Teachers who have completed their four years with the Western New York Master Teacher Program!
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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