Teenagers visit CVRTI for an exciting ‘Night in the Lab’
Jan 24, 2019 12:00 AM
On August 30, 2018, the Franklin lab hosted an inaugural event called “Night in the Lab for Teenagers” at CVRTI. Together, fellow scientists from our Institute and Human Genetics shared our passion for research and biological chemistry with the youth of our community. This event was organized to provide teenagers the opportunity to visit science research labs, see science in action, and speak with scientists at different stages in their careers. “Night in the Lab for Teenagers” gave young minds a chance to learn about exciting opportunities in STEM fields as a potential career path.
This 1-hour event started off with a brief welcome and introduction about CVRTI and research performed in our Institute. Our guests were then separated into four different groups and guided by CVRTI staff members to tour various labs and participate in brief science demonstrations. Some of the stations included: presentation of stained cardiomyocytes with confocal microscopy, GFP-stained zebrafish embryos to observe beating developing hearts and blood flow, or beating human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. After touring the stations, we ended the event by gathering together for a brief Q&A over ice-cream. Hannah, our professional photographer, captured some great photos during the event. We look forward to continuing this program and providing similar opportunities for teenagers in our community in the coming year. Our next event is currently scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th!