On May 10th, students of Sino-Canada Program came to the Life Science Class at the Cold Springs Asian DNA Learning Center.
The grade 12 students experienced a world-class science lab setting, as if they were professional scientists working alongside life science masters.
This is the fifth time in the eleven years of the program that Sino-Canada Program students have visited this setting where so many academic masters have worked and made scientific advancements in their field.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a scientific research and educational institution found in 1890 on the north shore of Long Island, New York. Home to eight Nobel laureates, CSHL has long been known as the birthplace of molecular biology.
Cold Spring Harbor Asia DNA Learning Center was established in 2015. Our facility, located in BioBay of SIP, is the first hands-on teaching institution of its kind in China.
In this highly advanced setting students learn professional experimental skills, witness an international level of experimentation.
This helps students think, discover and dream of the places they can go if they continue to focus seriously on their studies.
After entering the Golgi Laboratory, the students began the course of DNA restriction enzyme analysis under the guidance of the instructor of the Cold Spring Harbor Asian DNA Learning Center.
This is a genetic engineering technique based on DNA restriction enzymes. The basic principle is to use restriction enzyme to recognize specific sequences on DNA to determine the cleavage site and complete cleavage to obtain the specific sequence required.
This type of genetic engineering technology experiment is often accessible to the university's biological curriculum.
For the students who are about to apply for a world-class university abroad, this is an extremely valuable way to connect what they are currently studying to what types of research experiments are being conducted around the world.
The students are actually doing real life procedures and interesting experimental operations; using a transfer liquid gun for operation, centrifugation, and making observations.
In the process of completing the experiment, each student was specially focused; the teachers in The Cold Spring Harbor Asian DNA Learning Center provided timely guidance, answered their questions and the experiments in each group were carried out in an orderly manner.
Behind the seemingly ordinary experiment, there are also unpredictable note worthy market application prospects:
The establishment of restriction enzymes maps is an indispensable link in DNA sequence analysis, functional mapping of genomes, asexual reproduction of DNA, and construction of gene libraries.
Therefore, these experiments and procedures also provided students with more world-class experimental opportunities and high-end, elite use of the newest experimental instruments.
It not only trains the hands-on ability and comprehensive thinking ability of the students, but also involves all aspects of English communication and required safety procedures to work in this advanced scientific setting.
For the students in Sino-Canada Program, this may empower them to consider in advance:
“What abilities they need to enter a world-class university to study science?”
“Did they like the thinking, exploring and actively of being a part of the work in an experimental lab.”
Dave Micklos, Director of the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the United States, believes these opportunities are important for students.
Students of our program who are about to study abroad now have an idea of the workings of an international world class lab, a vision few of their peers will have had.
Our program is committed to providing an education for students that includes reaching out to the community and businesses leader to gain valuable knowledge and enrich their skills.
The program teachers also had an opportunity to observe international teaching ideas, advanced experimentation routines and to exchange ideas with the staff of the center to enhance their teaching practice.
Our program has cooperated with the Cold Spring Harbor Asian DNA Learning Center for three consecutive years; a partnership we hope to continue to build as we enter our next decade of preparing students to take their place as leaders in this global world who appreciate the beauty and wonder of science up close!