This course will cover biotechnology, genetic engineering, and synthetic biology. No prior knowledge of biology is required. Each class will have short lectures but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, DNA-copying thermocyclers, DNA analysis gels, cell culture supplies, centrifuges, and other professional laboratory equipment.
When: Saturdays 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Todd H. Rider (email@example.com)
This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the choice of textbook (from among the two suggested), the preparation of the individual, and the amount of work the individual does at home. Parents are encouraged to review the textbooks suggested in the syllabus to determine whether this course will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.
It is recommended (though not required) that students buy a biology textbook for supplementary readings during each week. Students can use either Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun or Campbell Biology.
See syllabus for more details.
Please be aware that some of the labs in Dr. Rider's Biotechnology class will use candles or alcohol burners as heat sources. Please contact Dr. Rider if they have any concerns or feel extra measures to ensure safety may be necessary for your child. For instance, you may request that your child observe, but not participate in, the portions of the lab using a heat source. You may also request notification of dates when a heat source will be used, so that you can provide your child with extra support in safely conducting these labs.
About the Instructor
Dr. Todd H. Rider received his Ph.D. from MIT, and his research has been featured in magazines ranging from Science to Time and on TV programs from NBC’s Nightly News to BBC’s Horizon. In biology research, he invented and developed the CANARY sensor, which uses genetically engineered white blood cells to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Dr. Rider also invented the DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics and demonstrated that they are safe and effective against 18 different viruses in cells and 4 viruses in mice. In physics research, he discovered fundamental physical limitations on nuclear fusion reactors, analyzed antimatter rocket engines, and demonstrated methods to combine numerous laser beams to form more powerful laser beams. He created the K-12 Science on Saturday program at MIT and has over 25 years of experience teaching biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, engineering, and archaeology courses to students at all levels. He is currently working on his plan for world domination.
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