Menu of Tour Options for K-12 Teachers and Administrators*
At the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, communicating science to the public is a very important part of our mission. Because we are committed to teaching the community about the innovations and discoveries of Delaware scientists, and promoting a better understanding of science and technology to the next generation, we’ve implemented an initiative called Science for all Delawareans (S4DE).
Part of the S4DE initiative focuses on the tours we offer to students interested in pursuing the sciences. In the past two years, approximately 500 students have visited the building and experienced life science research first hand. Each of our student visits begins with a welcome and introduction about our exciting research discoveries. From there, we have a menu of options for visitors to choose from, including:
- Tour of facilities – 20 min
A walking tour of the building, including more specific discussion about ongoing research, and the various University of Delaware departments represented within the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
- BioImaging – Additional 15 min
A special extended stop at our world-class BioImaging laboratory allows participants to see several state-of-the-art microscopes and view samples of captured images.
- DNA Sequencing – Additional 15 min
An extended stop in our DNA Sequencing lab, where students learn about genetic analysis.
- The CAVE – Additional 20 min
A fun, 3-D experience in our virtual reality imaging room, aka, the CAVE, made possible by high-speed computing and projection technology.
- Information panel – 30-50 min
A panel made up of a combination of graduate students, PhD candidates and postdocs chat and answer questions in a relaxed environment with students. Topics range from their experiences majoring in a field of science, to explaining what it’s like to work as a scientist.
- Experiment – Approx. 1 hr
The Delaware Biotechnology Institute tries to present participants with either a demonstration or a hands-on experiment related to their current studies. This option is offered on a case-by-case basis.
The Delaware Biotechnology Institute is pleased to host tours of our facilities as part of our mission to communicate science with the community. We like to commemorate these visits by taking a photo of each group at the conclusion of each tour.
For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, our limit is 30 students maximum per tour. Additional students will not be accomodated without prior written agreement. We may modify, cancel, or reschedule the tour itinerary if your group is more than 15 minutes late.
To schedule a tour, please contact us by email.
*Not all groups will experience the same tour, or even all the same elements of the menu of options outlined. Tour structure will be modified to accommodate any agreed-upon time slot available to the touring group, and their interests.