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 […]
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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!
We founded Amplyus with the dream of increasing access to science education. The specific question in our minds has long been: How do we create memorable DNA experiences early in the lives of students? Yesterday we took a small step in that direction. At a professional development workshop organized by MassBioEd (the Massachusetts Biotechnology Educational […]
I don’t remember what led to them, or what happened right after. But I remember each of these moments vividly, crisply, like I am frozen in them. These moments are all my firsts in biology: my first animal dissection (yuck), my first DNA extraction (thrill), my first PCR band on a gel (awe), my first […]
We are so excited preparing for the NSTA National Conference in Boston next month (April 3-6). Over 10,000 attendees from across the country and so many cool exhibits, events, and even cool field trips to Boston’s Science Ed hubs. Come find us at the Amplyus booth – booth 1336 (see here for a complete list […]
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 […]
We spend a lot of our time talking to science teachers. It is inspiring to find how many of them go out of their way to inspire and stimulate their students. For example, many biology teachers in Massachusetts partner actively with science outreach groups to bring molecular biology and new teaching technology to their classrooms. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last Fall, students at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNBVT) learned how to complete PCR laboratory experiments. The teaching team (Scott Atkinson, Pam Baptiste, and Aimee O’Neill) has been enabling junior and senior classes at GNBVT to build robust molecular biology skills. They learned about miniPCR machines through MassBioEd’s BioTeach program that […]