To me, experimentation is the true form of science and because of my love for science, I jump at any opportunity to perform an experiment. That is why even though I am not a DP Biology student, I still took part in the DNA Extraction Experiment. At first, I expected to be totally confused since I had no knowledge of the theory of the process. However, Mr. Clement Osei, the instructor was very resourceful in the sense that he explained all related concepts very well to the whole class enabling me to grasp a few concepts. Also, the kind of apparatus we used were quite advanced and so that also added to the rich experience. Overall, I really enjoyed the experiment and learnt so much from it. I’d like to encourage all students to have an open mind to the sciences and try and have a taste of all 3 main strands during their 2 year Diploma journey – it is truly worth it.
~Yehowahi Sekan (Grade 12)
In one word it was such an AMAZING experience. I expected us to sit back and just observe the whole DNA extraction process. Instead, we were given the opportunity to get our own samples and test them and this gave us a more in depth understanding. I was really confused when we were given the micro pipettes to work with because of how small the small quantities we worked with but using micro pipettes and this whole process made me realize that, the littlest amount of substance added in an experiment could make a difference.
~ Jacqueline Tetteh (Grade 12)
My experience in the biology mobile lab for DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis was a truly eye opening and invigorating one. During the two-day workshop, we were introduced to the science of molecular biology which deals with very tiny measurements and was a big change from “bucket science” which we learn. We had an opportunity to use new equipment and had hands on experience of the many theoretical concepts we learn. I’m very grateful to the science department for giving us such an opportunity.
~Naa Momoh Odarteifio