Students learn about genetic engineering

Eliazar Gonzalez and Austin Pinnix watch the results of their work. - Submitted photo
Floyd Scales, left, and Edwin Rivas simulating GMO testing during an exercise at Surry Central Middle School. - Submitted photo
Summer Cortinas of the Bionetwork of the North Carolina Community College System, speaking with students at Surry Central Middle School. - Submitted photo

Summer Cortinas of the Bionetwork of the North Carolina Community College System recently visited Melissa Hamlin’s classroom at Surry Central Middle School as part of the Invite a Scientist program of the North Carolina Science Festival.

She presented a lesson on genetic engineering as well as explained her career working in an analytical lab where she performs microbial testing.

Afterward, students had the chance to simulate GMO testing using authentic equipment and techniques used in the laboratory.

Eliazar Gonzalez and Austin Pinnix watch the results of their work.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_photo-2.jpgEliazar Gonzalez and Austin Pinnix watch the results of their work. Submitted photo

Floyd Scales, left, and Edwin Rivas simulating GMO testing during an exercise at Surry Central Middle School.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_photo-1.jpgFloyd Scales, left, and Edwin Rivas simulating GMO testing during an exercise at Surry Central Middle School. Submitted photo

Summer Cortinas of the Bionetwork of the North Carolina Community College System, speaking with students at Surry Central Middle School.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Photo-3.jpgSummer Cortinas of the Bionetwork of the North Carolina Community College System, speaking with students at Surry Central Middle School. Submitted photo