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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

To enroll in this offering students must also be enrolled in the corresponding UNH offering. See UNH offerings for registration deadlines.
https://ceps.unh.edu/outreach/tech-camp/programs/techleaders

Overview

The remote UNH Tech Camp Micro-Internship offering extends your learning into the real world as you perform tasks preparing you for STEM careers. You will research a particular career field, including the various pathways into a specific career, and use your work produced at camp as an authentic product or deliverable to demonstrate your understanding of tasks associated with this career. UNH Tech Camp is offered by the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and makes available the benefits of a research campus to the community.

Major Topics and Concepts

In this session, participants will focus on a weeklong, in-depth project that explores how scientists are trying to preserve cells and tissues by freezing.

The project will teach participants not only about regenerative medicine and cryopreservation, but also reinforce basic chemistry and biochemistry concepts, such as the properties of cells, water, freezing point depression, protein structure and function.

Regenerative medicine has the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs (not only to manage symptoms with medication). Cells and tissues used for repair often need to be stored long term, frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C, and successful cryopreservation is one of the bottlenecks of clinical application of regenerative medicine. Cryopreservation will be explained, demonstrated, and current cryopreservation methods and their limitations will be discussed. Cryopreservation in nature will also be explored.

This project is part of a broader workforce development initiative at UNH focused on regenerative medicine and biofabrication that is funded by a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership grant.  Students will be working alongside teacher participants also learning about regenerative medicine and how to incorporate it into their classrooms. All necessary COVID-19 health & safety protocols will be followed.

Credits .125

Competencies

  • Micro-Internship Training and Responsibilities
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of a career addressed in the micro-internship by explaining the required responsibilities and training for the career.
  • Micro-Internship Completion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of a career addressed in the micro-internship by completing the micro internship and the required deliverable(s).

Pre-Requisites

None

Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.