Last week, we kicked off our busy fall conference schedule with the NSTA Area Meeting in Richmond, VA. Richmond is just a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Washington, D.C., so we packed up our truck and got on the road. While in Richmond, we explored Carytown, viewed some monuments, and even managed to get a great view of the city from the other side of the James River!
We would have liked to have a little more time to explore more of this historic city, but we were very busy getting ready for our teachers — we actually hosted TEN hands-on workshops in Richmond! (On a side note, I must have really developed my “teacher voices” since the last conference, because I never lost my voice!) Our most popular workshop was “Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction to Identify Genetically Modified Organisms”. In this experiment, students will use the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to differentiate between wild-type and GM plants at the DNA level. My “students” were able to extract DNA, set up PCR reactions, and analyze their results using gel electrophoresis.
For more information on all of the conferences we are attending this year, please check out our NEW resources page at http://www.edvotek.com/Workshops. We’ve posted our schedules AND the workshop presentations. Hope to see you there!