NSF EBICS Outreach at UC Merced: McCloskey Lab Tour
On a warm spring Sunday morning, the Minds in Motion Merced Track team visited the McCloskey lab at UC Merced. EBICS graduate trainees (with aid of a former EBICS REU summer student) lead an EBICS related outreach activity aimed at educating the high school students about EBICS themes and the power of Bioengineering. Rachel Hatano started the event with a short presentation about what bioengineering entails and explained the interesting research being conducted throughout the EBICS center. She emphasized the construction/development of the biobots and the complex behavior that emerges when cells come together. Later, the students were lead to the McCloskey lab where they received a lab tour and were split into three groups. Group one worked with Anley to culture stem cells. Group two worked with Gregory to thaw stem cells from liquid nitrogen. Group three worked with Jose to practice the fundamentals of microfluidic device fabrication. With these hands-on activities the students began to understand in what it means to work with cell and how these cells can later be used to create bigger systems such as the biobots.