On Saturday, October 26th, the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioscience & Bioengineering hosted its annual open house for high school students to come and learn more about the cutting-edge world of biotechnology at Georgia Tech. A capacity crowd of over 400 students, parents and teachers came from 40+ Atlanta area schools to take part in engaging, hands-on scientific demonstrations, tours of state-of-the-art Petit Institute laboratories and biotechnology-focused seminars such as stem cell engineering. They even had a visit from Buzz the GT mascot!
The program was first created in 2003 by the Petit Institute's graduate student group, the Bioengineering & Bioscience Unified Graduate Students (BBUGS), to expose young people to biotechnololgy and get them excited about science. Some of the innovative science and engineering demonstrations included "Ribosomal Evolution," "Stem Cell Separation," "The Cardiovascular System," "Hold a Human Brain," "Fun with Liquid Nitrogen," "Cabbage Acids and Bases," "Protein Folding," "Functional Finger" and "Viscoelasticity."