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Sauk Prairie gifted and talented eighth graders learn about science

 

February 28, 2019

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On February 21, the Sauk Prairie Schools Gifted and Talented Department was pleased to send 28 top eighth grade science students, who were selected by their science teachers, to the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center in Madison to learn about and participate in a Bioluminescence and Genetic Transformation lab. The students were chaperoned by Julie Breunig, Sauk Prairie Gifted/Talented Department Specialist, Kathy Bruno Gifted/Talented Department Assistant, and Pat Klappa, Seventh Grade Science Teacher. Following an informative presentation introducing them to the concept of bioluminescence, the students proceeded to the lab, where they worked in small groups to simulate the genetic transformation of a bacteria with a plasmid containing the click beetle luciferase gene.  The gene is the DNA code that gives the click beetle the ability to make a protein that glows. The students learned about sterile techniques, as well as the scientific procedures used to conduct this lab. Pictured are the students and teachers who attended this field trip: Row 1:  Phaedra Ausman, Elena Homar, Chase Kruchten, Jack Rausch, Colin Wernsing, Daniel Klein, Will Osgood, John Dietmann. Row 2:  Addison Sudmeier, Erelyn Apel, Aubre'ana Boone, Brooke Zirbel, Logan Magnuson, Randy Trudell, Matthew Johnson, Dylan Quayle. Row 3:  Ava Andres, Olivia Wilkinson, Ellery Apel, Ella Weigel, Addison Strunz, Ayden Wildman, Sam Logterman, Will Judge, Jackson Breunig. Row 4:  Shawn Uselman, Pat Klappa, Julie Breunig, Ayla Sorg, Lexi Been.



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