Education and Outreach – K-12

  • Touring the Tomato, an Edible Macromolecular Assembly  (Summers of 2004-2009)

In partnership with the CUNY Discovery Institute’s Summer, 2004-6 programs for high school students, we examined the chemical constituents of tomato fruits using gravimetric analysis, enzymatic hydrolysis of cell-wall polysaccharides, Soxhlet extraction of waxes and pigments. The resulting biopolymers were examined structurally by FT infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and solid-state NMR. This program was revamped for CUNY’s GK-12 and College Now programs; it was piloted in 2009 with CCNY’s Pathways Bioinformatics Program and augmented with team research proposals.

  • Laboratories for Advanced Placement and Regents classes in biology, chemistry, and physics have been offered by the Discovery Institute in partnership with CSI science faculty.

A summer Discovery Research Institute for 125 talented high school students and 25 teachers has been offered for more than a decade.Touring the Tomato, a coordinated series of laboratory exercises developed by MMA faculty and graduate students, was offered to rising 10th and 11th graders during the summer Discovery Research Institute (2003-5).

  • High Schoolers at MMA (Summer, 2004)
  • High Schoolers at MMA (Summer, 2005)
  • Open House and Outreach Events

CCNY’s MMA faculty partner with their counterparts in the School of Education to offer an annual Summer ‘Bridges to College’ Workshop at the A.P. Randolph High School on the campus.  Open House events include periodic visits from local high school students and an annual Egg Drop Experiment staged in the Center for Discovery and Innovation. A Research Intern Luncheon for high school students and their mentors was held during the summer of 2019.