Entries by miniPCR Team

NSTA14 mementos

What a fantastic time we had at the recent National Science Teachers Association national conference in Boston. We met inspiring educators, re-connected with old friends, and soaked in the vibrant atmosphere that surrounded the conference. We only wish we had had more time there. We were also humbled by the energizing reception you all gave […]

MassBioEd, Amplyus and New England BioLabs help bring PCR technology to High Schools

We are thrilled at the formal announcement of our collaboration with partners MassBioEd (the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation) and New England Biolabs to make PCR more accessible to students and teachers. The three-way collaboration brings content, technology, and reagents into the hands of teachers eager to implement biotechnology labs. Together, we’ve created a self-contained module […]

Thank you, Science Teachers!

Wow. We really appreciate all the love and support we are receiving from teachers. NSTA is exhilarating — not much time to blog amidst all the talks, workshops, and cool new tools showcased, but we’ll be back soon with some reflections once the dust starts to settle. Meanwhile, enjoy the show!

BioBuilder: bringing cutting-edge science into schools

Last week we had an inspiring conversation with Natalie Kuldell, founder of BioBuilder. Natalie teaches at the Biological Engineering Department of MIT, where she ensures the next generation of bio engineers will be engaged, energized, and avid problem-solvers — and not followers of “cookbook science protocols”. Seems like an easy task for her – a […]

Supporting science education with miniPCR lab protocols

We are constantly looking for ways to support science education. miniPCRTM lab protocols are one of these ways. They are meant to help high school students grasp theoretical concepts in molecular biology, while gaining hands-on biotechnology experience. They are also meant to facilitate curriculum and lesson planning for science teachers. We found through our work […]

Bringing Molecular Biology to classrooms

Modern biology is grounded in DNA analysis and its modification. DNA amplification through the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is an essential step in virtually every biotechnology application, including cloning, sequencing, diagnostics, crop improvement, medical genetics, forensics, and many others… In the genomics era, no STEM curriculum is complete without including the theory, and ideally the […]