CamTech High Science Club

In April 2013, The CamTech High School Science Club came to visit our department. During a three hour session, the outreach committee taught over 30 club members about plant diseases, pathogens, sterile technique, culture maintenance, genetic modification, DNA extraction, and PCR. Students had a blast transfers cultures of fungi and bacteria, loading electrophoresis gels, and looking at plant disease samples under the microscope.

Laura Bostic, a masters student in the department of plant pathology, shows six high school students from CamTech High how to load and run a gel electrophoresis.
Laura Bostic shows students steps to gel electrophoresis.
Kestrel McCorkle, a PhD student in the department of plant pathology, demonstrates how to maintain different microbes in culture.
Kestrel McCorkle demonstrates how to maintain cultures of bacteria and fungi.
Alyssa Koehler, a masters student in the department of plant pathology talks to four students about the importance of genetically modified crops. GMOs help us meet the demands for increased food production.
Alyssa Koehler talks to students about genetically modified crops and how they help us feed the world.
Emma Lookabaugh and Lucky Mehra, both PhD students in the department of plant pathology, show students how to make slides of cedar apple rust spores.  Pictures and videos of spores under the microscope are being recorded on a laptop.
Emma Lookabaugh and Lucky Mehra show students how to make slides of cedar apple rust spores.