CPLC engages local high school students during "DNA Day"
The CPLC welcomed local middle and high school students from Urbana and Champaign schools to the University of Illinois to participate in DNA themed experiments on April 29, 2016. I-STEM, the University of Illinois STEM Education Initiative, organized a field trip entitled, "DNA Applications: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for STEM Careers," or, in short, "DNA Day." CPLC postdoctoral fellow Caitlin Davis provided students with a detailed introduction to DNA, preparing the students for a laboratory experience, including hands-on activities that outlined the isolation of and structural discovery of DNA. Participants isolated DNA, used lasers to simulate Rosalind Franklin's famous X-ray diffraction experiment, and modeled the supercoiling of DNA.