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MdBio Foundation, MedImmune and Montgomery College Collaborate to Host the Inaugural Young Science and Explorers Program

MdBio Foundation, Inc. will host the Young Science Explorers Program (YSEP), August 2-6, 2010, to provide middle school students with the opportunity to experience laboratory science and related careers.

Supported through a grant from MedImmune and a partnership with Montgomery College, 24 middle school students will spend the week engaged in various projects using cutting-edge bioscience techniques. The camp is free for economically disadvantaged students and the majority of attendees are ESOL students from Montgomery County Public Schools.

In addition to intensive hands-on laboratory work, students will also participate in several field trips to local Maryland bioscience organizations, engage in science career exploration, and meet with several local scientists working at Maryland bioscience organizations. Visits include trips to MedImmune, J. Craig Venter Institute, and Qiagen.

The week begins with a micropipette challenge, where students mix together solutions in test tubes, and “Looking into Lactase,” where students identify various milk types. Students will also participate in a DNA extraction activity at MedImmune and a gel electrophoresis activity at the J. Craig Venter Institute. The week will close studying the spread of disease at Qiagen, the light absorbance values of various colors, and a final program wrap-up.

“MdBio Foundation is delighted to be working with MedImmune on this science summer camp at Montgomery College,” said Gary McGarrity, chairman, MdBio Foundation Education Committee and executive vice president of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at VIRxSYS. “This is a win-win situation for our students, our schools and our community.”

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