Science students must demonstrate a collection of competencies, including an array of essential laboratory skills. In our Cellular and Molecular Biology course (BIOL 240), a crucial skill is the transfer of small volumes of liquids using a micropipette. To learn this foundational technique, students followed a “pipette by numbers” pattern on a canvas, which allowed them to asses their ability to transfer the correct volume (demonstrating accuracy) repeatedly (demonstrating precision). At the end, each student’s picture formed part of a larger pattern of all the images created by the students in the lab, resulting in a colorful depiction of the double helices in DNA. Stop by the 6th floor later this week to view the students’ work displayed in the hall!
Biology students master volumetric measurement techniques while creating a unique work of art.