University of Wyoming (UW) recently held a Science Fair virtual event, after which participating students were given the opportunity to visit UW in-person for Enrichment Day on April 25, 2022 for hands-on science activities and tour the UW campus. Wyoming INBRE hosted a two hour activity for Lander and Rawlins high school and middle school students in the newly opened Science Initiative INBRE Data Science Core lab. The students spent the morning collecting “data” on the (instructor) suspects, conducting DNA extractions and learning about gel electrophoresis, TENS neurostimulators and engaging in sensory activities. The instructors had as much fun spending weeks together creating and developing the activities - thanks to Brett Ralston, Kaylan Schilling, Judah Serrano, Ingelin Saestad, Skylar Hodgins, Annie Bergman and to the INBRE Data Science Core and Science Initiative for the use of their lab and facilities.

Here is a brief description of the activity:

How would you analyze evidence in a crime scene? Learn how to extract and identify pattern differences in DNA. Engage in biology and neuroscience activities and learn how the brain communicates with the rest of the body to experience our environment.