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Tools for Schools assists DNA analysis

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Cell phone video captures electrophoresis in progress

DE SOTO, Wis. (WXOW) - Students at De Soto High School will get more hands-on college-level science opportunities with help from our Tools for Schools Award.

Merranda Boardman is the latest recipient of the $1,000 grant from SSE Music, Brenengen Auto, Dependable Solutions and River Bank. Boardman plans to use the money to purchase MiniOne Electrophoresis kits to Analyze DNA giving her students an intro to big bio-technology concepts in a small class setting.

"Technology-wise, it's come a long way,” Boardman said. “In such a short amount of time, in a safe way, and the way it's designed, kids can use their cell phones, which we all know they love, to take pictures and videos and they're able to see the results."

Boardman added that thanks to this equipment, experiments that used to take 2-3 hours now can be done in less than a half-hour. She also says while she realizes not all of her students will become scientists, the firsthand skills they learn will serve them well in whatever they do in life.

"The amount of critical thinking that it takes to run these types of labs, the problem solving, the collaboration, all of the stuff that has to happen are skills that can be used in any career, and that's my goal," Boardman said.

To have a project considered for the Tools for Schools Award, click here.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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