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September 21, 2018

OMS Students Conduct DNA Investigation


OSWEGO, NY – It is always a thrill to see students excited about learning experiences and one of those moments recently occurred at the Oswego Middle School.

Oswego Middle School science teacher Catherine Celeste saw her students become totally immersed in a class project.

The interest and focus of DNA testing was quite obvious as Sierra Buske and Jarreau Hoskins prepare to test their samples.

The interest and focus of DNA testing was quite obvious as Sierra Buske and Jarreau Hoskins prepare to test their samples.

She noted, “I am fortunate to have had Cornell University professor Dr. Laurel Southard come to visit my classroom to do an all day DNA Fingerprinting lab with some of our students on the Seven South Team.”

Dr. Southard contributed not only expertise, but something else.  Celeste said, “D. Southard brought almost  $20,000 worth of gel electrophoresis equipment so the students could perform the same forensic test that is used for heinous crime scenes around the world.”

Students created gel, extracted real DNA, loaded it into wells and ran the test.

The concentration and focus of the students was quite evident as they placed their samples into the diagnostic machines.

Celeste said, “While they waited for the results they were able to collect their own DNA and make it visible through the use of florescent lights.”

When their original test in seeking the “criminal” was determined they discovered whether a suspect had actually committed a crime.

The Oswego Middle School seventh graders thoroughly enjoyed this unique genuine learning experience and remained focused throughout the day as they worked to complete their portion of the project.

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