Lab Field Trips

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Chemistry: The Dyes We Digest

In this lab students will: Learn to use a spectrophotometer. Learn to use micropipettes. Find the wavelength of maximum absorption for a specific dye. Make dilutions of varying concentrations. Calculate solution concentrations based on a standard solution and known volumes. Collect and analyze data; construct graphs. Use data to find an unknown value. Calculate the…

Biology: DNA Fingerprinting/Crime Scene

In this lab students will: Learn about the structure and role of DNA, and its relationship to proteins Set up a restriction digest of DNA from a “crime scene” Perform gel electrophoresis to compare DNA from suspects to DNA found at the crime scene. Upon advance request, AP students may use PCR analysis in place…

Biology: Bacterial Transformation and GMOs

In this lab students will: Transform bacteria with a jellyfish gene and observe the bacteria glow in the dark, but only under certain conditions. Learn how genes are turned on and off. Learn about plasmids and how bacteria transfer genetic material.

Biology: Mapping Plasmids Using Restriction Enzymes

In this lab students will: Learn about the structure and role of DNA Discover the origins and uses of restriction endonucleases (enzymes) Set up restriction digests Run digested DNA fragments on agarose gels Analyze the data and use it to make and verify a plasmid map

Fourth grade: Light and Color

In this lab, students will: Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and how we see color Explore light, color, and diffraction by building a spectroscope Design and build a kaleidoscope Investigating how light can play tricks on our eyes

Fifth grade: Mystery of the Dead Hemlock Tree

In this lab, students will: Create a mixture and make observations about its properties as its state of matter changes Learn techniques to micropipette and measure small quantities of liquids Discover and identify elements in the hemlock ecosystem, including producers, consumers, and decomposers Perform gel electrophoresis to compare DNA from known pests to an unknown…

Sixth grade: Effect of Chemicals on Plant Cells & Radiometer: What makes its spin?

With this unique opportunity, your 6th-grade students will be able to experience BOTH labs ( Effect of Chemicals on Plant Cells & Radiometer: What makes it spin?) for the price of one! Effect of Chemicals on Plant Cells In this lab, students will: Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and how we see color Discover how…

Seventh grade: Mystery of the Dead Hemlock Tree

In this lab students will: Create a mixture and make observations about its properties to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Learn techniques to micropipette and measure small quantities of liquids Discuss the effects of resource availability on the hemlock ecosystem Discover and identify interactions (competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial) between organisms in the…

Eighth grade: DNA Fingerprinting/Crime Scene

In this lab students will: Learn about the location and the role of DNA in our bodies Perform gel electrophoresis to compare DNA from suspects to DNA found at the crime scene Learn about the human genome, genetic signatures, and how they are used in forensics and other applications Discuss how environmental and genetic factors…

Make a Reservation

Please use the calendar below to access our availability calendar. One lab can accommodate up to 32 participants. If you have a group of over 64 participants, please let us know at culsoc@clemson.edu. We have a large group scheduled we can share with you!

Fees and Payment

Fees are as follows for one laboratory experience:* One laboratory field trip (up to 16 participants): $200 One laboratory field trip (17-32 participants): $300 Two concurrent laboratory field trips (33-48 participants): $500 Two concurrent laboratory field trips (49-64 participants): $600 *Discount available for groups over 100 students. *Because the Your DNA and Traits lab involves…

Forms for Your Trip

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Other Campus Activities While at Clemson University

Tours and Activities To make the most of your trip to Clemson University, consider visiting one of these locations after your lab. Please make your own arrangements in advance by following the information provided on their websites. Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History – https://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/research/museum/index.html Clemson University Herbarium – https://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/research/herbarium/index.html South Carolina Botanical…

Lab Field Trips At Your Site

If you can’t come to Clemson, the Clemson University Science Outreach Center labs can come to you. After reviewing the information below, please contact us to discuss your needs. Review laboratory descriptions. The labs that best translate to classroom settings are Fun with Mutants and a modified version of our DNA Fingerprinting/Crime Scene. These labs…