Biological Sciences High School Outreach Programs

Catalase In Action (NEW!)

Hydrogen peroxide is a common by-product of various metabolic processes in living organisms. Catalase is an enzyme that speeds up a reaction to breakdown hydrogen peroxide in living cells, rendering the hydrogen peroxide harmless.

How do scientists answer their research questions? In this guided inquiry, students will have the opportunity to formulate and test their own hypotheses by designing & conducting an experiment about enzyme activity. The focus of this workshop will be about allowing students to make mistakes and explore options that will result in them answering their assigned research question(s).

This flexible grade 10 – 12 Biology or Environmental Science workshop can be modified for further classroom discussions about:

  • The role of enzymes in biological systems under normal, abnormal, or toxic conditions
  • Reactive oxygen species as environmental stress indicators in aquatic environments
  • Activation energy & enzymes

This workshop can be 2-3 hours long and is suitable for up to 30 students.

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Life under the Microscope

Cell biology workshops expose kids of all ages to the interaction of live cells and microscopic organisms with their environment.  Using hands on, interactive exercises with real microscopes, students not only learn to use this equipment, but gain an appreciation of how human activities impact these microscopic environments. Customizable, age appropriate workshops include a variety of interesting activities, focused at a cellular level, which aim to answer questions such as:

a) What’s in the food we eat?
b) Where are the brilliant colours in plants made and stored?
c) What are the plant defence substances? Where are they stored? What do they look like?
d) How do plant cells contribute to make our planet a beautiful and livable place?

Older students will appreciate being exposed to the diversity of the living world by exploring the structure and functions of organisms from all 5 kingdoms. Students will explore what makes a flower beautiful and soft, what do we eat in a salad, what do we eat in nuts and seeds, what makes some plants quite nasty and poisonous,  what makes flowers fragrant, and what attract bees and other pollinators at the cellular level. 

This is an hour-long workshop.

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Participants review the structure and function of DNA and learn about some applications of molecular biology. Students will load samples onto an agarose gel, pass an electric current through the gel, which separates fragments of DNA based on size, and then visualize how far the DNA has traveled through the gel using a dye that binds to DNA.

This workshop is 1.5 - 2 hours long and is suitable for students from Grades 10-12.

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