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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Getting RSI students excited about STEM!

Outside the Box – Christy Johnson

The Renascence School wants to promote the love of science and the world around us by giving students many opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities! PTO and the school administration have planned several exciting events this month. From learning all about extracting DNA from Bio-Rad to commissioning the Science Center to showcase fun-filled science demonstrations at a school assembly. So much more to science when you dig just beneath the surface!

Bio-Rad Wonders of Science Presentation
Bio-Rad science ambassadors Galen Dao and Chris Kanis visited the RSI campus to introduce L10-C11 students to the wonders of life science. Courtesy of Bio-Rad, each child was provided with a science kit to isolate DNA from their cheek cells for the Genes in a Bottle Experiment. The children collected their cheek cells in a conical tube. They then followed a series of steps, including adding lysis buffer to break open the cell and nuclear membrane and adding alcohol to allow the white DNA strands to emerge at the interface. The children transferred the white DNA precipitate into a keepsake amulet to take home! The children excitedly learned about genes, DNA and cells in context to the experiment. The DNA in the amulet can last for years. Simply add more alcohol into the vial if some evaporation occurs. Special thanks to the Galen Dao for presenting and preparing for this exciting presentation!

Science Center Demonstrations
RSI students were mesmerized by the demonstrations the Science Center brought to RSI. Students were eager to participate in some of the experiments and asked many thoughtful questions, making teachers very proud! They were discovering new scientific ideas and theories and you could see their imaginations ignited and their minds buzzing with excitement!

More science adventures await!
Check out what RSI has in store for kids this summer! Coding, robotics, and space-themed activities like building rockets and satellites, understanding the jobs of astronauts, space robot rescue missions, green screen adventures, and more! Renascence School International Space Explorers – Summer Camp 2019!

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