Wildlife Forensics (Grades 9-12)
Engage in the story of how DNA analysis is helping protect endangered wildlife. In this DNA gel electrophoresis lab experience, learners will develop a greater understanding of the scientific protocols and technical skills necessary to conduct this research. Upon completion of this lab, high school students are eligible for 3 hours of NYS lab time.
Hydroponics, Aquaculture, and Aquaponics (Grades 9-12)
GESC offers two different partnership opportunities for high schools in our state-of-the-art Hydroponics, Aquaculture, and Aquaponics Learning Lab. Hydroponic technology allows plants to grow in a nutrient rich solution without soil while aquaponics integrates hydroponics with aquaculture to raise tilapia alongside leafy greens in a symbiotic environment. Learners set up and maintain a variety of hydroponic and aquaponics systems. Learners will propagate seeds, continually monitor water chemistry, collect data on plant and fish growth, and harvest and enjoy their bounty. Not only will learners be fully immersed in the scientific aspect of aquaculture, they will have the opportunity to connect hydroponics to real-world business and marketing. This six-week partnership program is recommended for research classes, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Living Environment Regents classes.
Water Quality (Grades 10-12)
Assess the water quality of GESC’s aquatic habitats by using probeware to conduct a variety of tests. Learners will understand how these tests are utilized to monitor NYC’s water sources and how humans impact the overall quality of the health of water.
Genetically Modified Food (Grades 10-12)
What is a genetically modified organism? How do scientists detect if a food has been genetically modified? Help solve a mystery by conducting a DNA gel electrophoresis lab to discover the answers to these questions while also developing a deeper understanding of technical lab skills in DNA analysis.