BioScience Bloggers: Lily Chen ’20

February 27, 2019

”there is always something new to learn and that is an essential part of learning science.”

Throughout fall term, the Junior BioScience class has focused on laboratory science. My definition of it has changed through time with Mr. Olson’s DNA purification and agarose gel labs.  On September 4, I considered lab science as an area of science that requires labworks in order to perform a better level of healthcare in the future. This definition came from all the science classes I’ve taken and experienced from visiting my father’s lab room shared with his colleagues. BioScience field trips this term influenced me, including a CTSI poster session; a movie, Being Immortal; the Nobel Conference; and a Carleton poster session. By interacting with different people from different areas of science, I learned that lab science is a variety of concepts in different people’s minds. Personally Lab Girl is probably my favourite book read in Bioscience, even over Molokai. Hope’s personal story is approachable for me as a student who is obsessed with science; all her steps might be my future route, and I learned from these. Mr. Olson’s class series of lab science has helped me to remember the things I learned during the summer; fortunately now I can ask all the questions that confused me: why are we using the vortex, and why do we use powerbeats? During the summer course everyone seemed to know all the protocol from their previous AP Biology class, which I didn’t take. My thoughts about my future career changes through time, but it is certain that it is going to be related to science. Lab science is a significant part of doing scientific research and it is essential for high school students to learn it to better prepare for college. I truly appreciate the curriculum of adding lab science into BioScience. All BioScience students seemed to know about lab science, but there is always something new to learn and that is an essential part of learning science.

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