Biotechnology class doing real science!
Students in Biotechnology class have been busy extracting their own DNA through saliva samples to detect non-disease causing gene variants such as ACE, ACTN3, OXTR, and TAS2R38. These genes code for athletic ability, muscular endurance, social interaction, and taste ability, respectively. All of this is made possible through training that Biotechnology teacher, Sherrie Hersom, got at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine during a one week course in July of 2015. JAX Lab provides support to her students through tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, chemical reagents, sequencing services, and direct support from world-class geneticists. Students learn how to correctly micropipette, extract DNA, prepare samples for polymerase chain reaction, add and cut DNA with restriction enzymes, sequence their DNA samples in real-time using the LONZA System, read the resulting DNA fingerprints, prepare samples for Sanger Sequencing, analyze their samples after sequencing services through JAX Lab, and do bioinformatics using genetic data and databases available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information website. JAX Lab provides online support through CANVAS where teachers, who have been trained at their facility, have access to modules created by scientists at JAX Lab with teacher input. Careers in the Biotechnology field are among the top five career options for graduating high school seniors. This course has been offered to students at BRHS for the past two years.
Photo and video credits: Barbara Greenstone, BRHS Technology Integrator.
Magic of Chemistry
This was an exciting week for BRES and Southport students interested in the magic of Chemistry. Students from both schools visited the CP Chemistry class at BRHS. For a video of the demonstrations, be sure to check out the AOS or BRHS Facebook pages.
BRHS Hour of Code
Advanced Robotics and Applied Physics are participating in the Hour of Code today as part of the worldwide week of An Hour of Code for every student. See Code.org to participate. Students shown are Max Hoecker and Jon Rollins.
Employee of the Week
Zachary Brewer earned Employee of the Week in Making and Marketing class for the week of 11/14/16 for his hard work, willingness to help others, thoughtful approach to challenges, and ability to look forward in solutions to address possible future snafus. Congratulations, Zachary.
Flu shots available
BRES and BRHS will be having an influenza vaccination clinic during the months of October and November. The influenza vaccine will be available at no cost to your child. A Flu clinic packet was sent home with your student this week.
If you wish for your child to receive the influenza vaccination at school please complete the Influenza Vaccine Health Screen & Permission Form and return to the school by October 15th.
BRHS Picture Day
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Picture Day: Friday, September 23
Picture Day ID: LG076187Q0
Computer graphic programming is participating in a challenge from Meridian Stories to create historically accurate communities. Here part of the Middle Ages Anglo Saxon team works to develop a seaside community. One other team is working on the Italian town of Manarola, and a third is building Damariscove Island.
BRHS at MELMAC Conference
MELMAC team representatives Molly Thibault and Alexis Welch met the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, Bill Beardsley, at the MELMAC University three day conference held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Boothbay Region High School is a recent MELMAC grant recipient which will provide funding for college/career planning and access. The MELMAC Foundation has dedicated more than $12.4 million to creating and enhancing college access programs in Maine. The "Connect Aspirations to a Plan" grant helps schools promote more opportunities for their graduates to successfully enroll in, and complete, their post-secondary studies.
BRHS MELMAC Grant
Members of our MELMAC team celebrate with the "Connect Aspirations to a Plan" grant from the MELMAC education foundation. BRHS will receive $18,000 over the next two years for college/career programming.