Programs

Learning Modules

eCLOSE is comprised of learning modules that meet the needs of students at every level, from new beginners to fully trained interns. Each subject has 4 increasingly advanced levels of experimentation.  The program is designed to start at Level 1 and incorporate skills, concepts and approaches from Levels 2, 3, and 4 as students become more confident and technically skilled.

Learning Modules
Dara Teaching Lecture

Curriculum Integration

Experiments are tailored to integrate seamlessly into your curriculum needs. Students connect their own ideas and data to topics covered in class, helping provide a real world picture of the events described in textbooks and lectures.  Early results indicated improved test scores for students who participate in eCLOSE.

Research Inclusion

Every data point generated by participants WILL BE USED for ongoing cancer research projects. Pairing our easy-to-use app and collaborative database provides exceptional opportunities for interactions between student researchers and their peers or scientific and teacher mentors. Data generated by students may be used in research publications.  If your data is included in a publication, you will be acknowledged for your contribution by authorship on the publication.

FlyBox:
The Gateway to eCLOSE

Immediate student engagement- students bring a junk food and a healthy food from home, working with partners to evaluate how foods they love impact development.  Fruit flies, known by their scientific name as Drosophila melanogaster, are the model organism of choice for FlyBox.  Depending on the time available, students evaluate how junk food affects survival, development, and reproduction and make suggestions for how these foods might impact humans- including themselves!

Lab work - writing on vials
Biology

Biology

Topics covered in the eCLOSE Biology module include life cycle, reproduction, cell proliferation, cell death, survival, and growth.

Drosophila
Genetics

Genetics

Ideal for integrating into introductory or AP Biology curricula, the eCLOSE Genetics module introduces students to traits (phenotypes), chromosomes, genes, promoters, genetic mutation, phenotype-genotype, and heredity.

Genetics - Fly Phenotypes
Chemistry

Chemistry

Students identify compounds in foods that based on light absorption. Using a spectrophotometer, students detect the levels of food dyes or other compounds of interest in sports beverages and food products, providing new compounds for testing in the Biology, Genetics, and Environmental Science programs.

Chemistry Students
Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Introduction of proteins, enzymes, enzyme activity, protein properties including charge and size, detergents, cell lysis, antibodies as detection reagents, and more.

Biochemistry Students
Environmental Science

Environmental Science (NEW!)

Working with locally grown/sourced plants, students study how environment plays a role in fruit fly behavior and organism’s development stages. Stages include fertility rates and progress through metamorphosis from egg/embryo to fruit fly.

Environmental Science