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STEM Lab

STEM Lab

A partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Sciences     

The STEM Lab at the Fairbanks Museum is dedicated to applied scientific research. It's a space where inquisitive students follow their own curiosity and passion for discovery. ‚ÄčThis state-of-the-art lab was established in partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Science (NHAS) to address the need in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom for middle and high school students to learn scientific method and work with advanced technical equipment. The facility provides access to a wide array of scientific instruments, outstanding educational resources, and expert guidance. Financial aid is available through the NH Academy of Science

STEM Lab: First Year

For rising 6th - 12th graders or students in that age range

Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, September 2022 - April 2023

Work on skill building, equipment proficiency, setting up living cultures of daphniaC. elegans, & C. reginae. This is a chance to expose students to many of the tools and equipment used in scientific research.  

Topics:

  • Introduction to the lab, safety and protocol, ethics, scientific method, reading a scientific paper 
  • Maintenance of equipment, plus care of daphnia and C. elegans 
  • Measurement and accuracy,  
  • Simple chemistry  
  • Cells / DNA  
  • C. elegans introduction, create tools: worm pics 
  • Orchid propagation 
  • Chemotaxis 
  • Water quality 
  • PCR/blue gel  
  • Topics / ideas from NHAS to introduce to FMP students  
  • Prepare experiments the students can work on in the spring 

Select your day and time. For your safety, each group is limited to 6 students, and we'll be masked and observing social distance in the lab. The positive outcome of requesting this last year is we did not have one student contract covid during the program.

For some labs we will use safety glasses and nitrile gloves, which the lab will supply. Don't let cost be a hindrance. Financial aid packages are available for all of NHAS programs.

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Science technology engineering and math

STEM Lab: Second Year

For rising 6th - 12 graders or students in that age range

Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, September - December 2022

This is a continuation to expose students to the tools and equipment used in scientific research once completing the STEM Lab First Year course. We will further our skill building, equipment proficiency, and setting up living cultures of daphniaC. elegans, & C. reginae to study. The main goal is to have students begin researching, designing and collecting data on their own experiments. We will facilitate discussions with NHAS staff to help guide these projects to the completion of a paper.

For your safety, each group is limited to 6 students, and we'll be masked and observing social distance in the lab.

Don't let cost be a hindrance. Financial aid packages are available for all of NHAS programs.

STEM Lab: Second Year

For rising 6th-12th graders or students in that age range.

Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, January - April, 2023

This is a continuation to expose students to the tools and equipment used in scientific research once completing the STEM Lab First Year course. We will further our skill building, equipment proficiency, and setting up living cultures of daphniaC. elegans, & C. reginae to study. The main goal is to have students begin researching, designing and collecting data on their own experiments. We will facilitate discussions with NHAS staff to help guide these projects to the completion of a paper.

For your safety, each group is limited to 6 students, and we'll be masked and observing social distance in the lab.