By Danielle Lambert
Thanks to donations from Stony Brook University’s Center for Math and Science Education, Malverne High School’s science and engineering department was able to purchase equipment that is already affording students increased opportunities for advancement.
With the new technology, students are given exposure to the following:
· Micropipetting – measuring minute amounts of liquid; mostly used in molecular biology
· Analytical balances – measuring small amounts of matter, down to a milligram
· UV transluminator – used for analyzing DNA gels
· PCR machine – Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, which allows the user to make millions of copies of any gene of interest when analyzing DNA
· Microcentrifuge and water bath
“This will open up much more opportunity for students to do more high-level research and to experiment in ways they otherwise weren’t able to,” teacher Charles Vessalico said of the lab.
The plan is to train students in grades nine and 10 on how to use the equipment and then have them begin to develop projects and utilize the devices as juniors and seniors.
Pictured are 11th and 12th grade students utilizing the equipment in Advanced Placement Biology.