LHS Students Learn about the Biotech Industry
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Monday, May 08, 2017
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Fifty-five Ludlow High School sophomores, juniors and seniors recently travelled to Northeastern University in Boston to  join other  Massachusetts high school students to participate in Biotech Futures. According to Northeastern's website - Biotech Futures is a day-long college and career exploration event that exposes high school students to the educational opportunities and diverse fields of study in the life sciences at the college level through hands-on laboratory experiences and a campus tour.

 LHS science teachers, Mrs. Diana Sands and Mrs. Barbara Piela, shared that the event was organized by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd).  Students were greeted by professors and graduate students who shared their experiences and discussed their current research projects.  

During the day students had the opportunity to perform two labs; one involving green fluorescent protein and the other exploring photosynthesis and cellular respiration using algae.  In addition, students were also given a tour of the campus.   

“Our students were very excited to have access to Northeastern's brand new science and engineering building, and to explore the college campus,” shared Sands.  “They really enjoyed participating in the lab experiments and engaging with the college professors first hand.”  

Both Sands and Piela agreed that this was a worthwhile opportunity for LHS students to experience first hand the specific career paths in the biotech industry.

Photo credits: Mrs. Diana Sands

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