With our new partnership with Marine Biological Laboratory, Tabor students will now be able to take part in the first High School Discovery Course in Woods Hole, MA, over spring break, March 10 - 17. This is a terrific opportunity for any student interested in Marine Science, especially at the college level.
The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole is known worldwide as a premier research facility. Tasked with expanding programming for students in the secondary school level, MBL will work with a group of high schools including Tabor on a course they plan to offer over spring break. For a week in March, Tabor students will stay in the MBL dorms and work along professional scientists on the campus in Woods Hole. The week-long course will provide intensive, hands-on, discovery-based modules taught by MBL’s community of resident faculty and technical experts in their labs.
Some of the procedures and laboratory exercises the students will engage in at MBL include:
Collection, Biodiversity Assessment, and Identification
Biological Imaging Microscopy of Collected Species
In Vitro Fertilization and Injections
Introduction to Genome Editing and Gene Structure
sgRNA synthesis (PCR), DNA gels, Columns, Injections
Embryo Sorting Genomic DNA Isolation PCR
Genomic DNA Isolation from Collected Species
Post-PCR (Polymerase chain reaction, used to amplify a single copy of a segment of DNA) Preparing Samples for Sequencing
GIS (Geographic Information System) Embryo Imaging
Testing Cuttlefish Camouflage
Analyze Data and Mutants Imaging of Transgenic Frogs
DNA and Phylogenetic Analysis (DNA Barcoding)
Coastal Ecosystems Surveys
All attending students will receive a certificate of achievement detailing the experience and capability that they accomplished during the course.
We are thrilled to be able to offer this glimpse into the lives of professional scientists right in our backyard and look forward to the emerging leadership our students will no doubt take in our own labs on their return.
Tabor Academy invites the public to their performance of their winter musical, Heathers: The Musical (HSE) on February 14-16 at 7:30 PM.
Heathers: The Musical, a satire dealing with the challenges of teen life, became an Off-Broadway hit in 2014. Because the subject matter was so relevant to high schools, the creators of the show, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, worked closely with Pearce High School in Richardson, TX, from 2015 through 2016 to develop a “toned-down,” high school edition (HSE) of the show. Tabor’s director, Mark Howland said, “While Heathers: The Musical (HSE) delves into such hot-button topics as body shaming, sexual harassment, and suicide, it does so with humor and sensitivity. The creators have claimed in fact that they feel the show is about female empowerment. Rather than avoid these taboo topics, Heathers: The Musical (HSE) tackles them head on but through the lens of satire, showing us that high schoolers need to be kinder to each other, and adults who work with them need to be more clued in. Our goal is that the show be a catalyst for the school community to further awareness and empathy.”
The show runs February 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM in Tabor’s Fireman Center for the Performing Arts in Hoyt Hall at 245 Front Street, Marion. It is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.