Ying Wang, Pete Andeer, and Rachel Neurath in the Northen Lab have developed EcoFAB experiments that will enable students to engage with hands-on science. The students will explore the impact of a critical nutrient, nitrogen, on plant growth as they germinate, transplant, and maintain the grass Brachypodium distachyon in EcoFABs. Last year, former m-CAFEs researcher Lauren Jabusch (now in the Berkeley Lab BioSciences Area Office) developed the BLDAP EcoFAB project with Pete, leading the students in an exploration of the effects of salinity on plant growth.
The Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP) provides an opportunity for underrepresented public high school students (including African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Latinos, LGBTQ+, students from low income households, and first-generation college attendees) to apply themselves in STEM projects and develop strong connections to the broader scientific community and Berkeley Lab researchers.
Ying Wang demonstrates the at-home EcoFAB system.