Building Cure includes a next-generation science classroom, where students, teachers, and community members have an opportunity to interact with scientists and do innovative curriculum in a state-of-the-art laboratory embedded in the Research Institute.

All schools can apply for a half-day visit with priority given to underserved schools. The curriculum meets the Next Generation Science Standards as well as state and national academic standards, and also incorporates current research methodologies and techniques with instruction from leading scientists and educators. Applications from teachers can be submitted online (coming soon).

Curriculum modules include:

Protein Analysis in Immunotherapy

Gloved hand handling scientific equipmentIn this 90-minute module, students will:

  • Learn about immunotherapy and emerging cancer therapies.
  • Use a spectrophotometer and Bradford assay to calculate the protein concentration of a sample.
  • Use data analysis software to create a standard curve and visualize data.

Using ELISA to to Confirm Checkpoint Inhibitors

Smiling student in lab gear holding test tubeIn this 90-minute module, students will:

  • Learn about immunotherapy and emerging cancer therapies.
  • Learn about how key immune system functions can be used to fight tumor cells.
  • Use an ELISA to analyze two patient samples for receptor function.

Isolating White Blood Cells With Ficoll

Students in Science Discovery Lab looking through microscopeIn this 90-minute module, students will:

  • Learn about immunotherapy and emerging cancer therapies.
  • Learn about the different components of mammalian blood and their functions.
  • Use Ficoll separation to isolate white blood cells.
  • Use a microscope to determine white blood cell concentration.

Investigations in Infectious Disease

Student in lab glasses using equipment in Science Discovery LabIn this 60-minute module, students will:

  • Learn about the fields of epidemiology and infectious diseases.
  • Use standard epidemiological techniques to investigate an outbreak of foodborne illness.
  • Use gel electrophoresis to perform a DNA fingerprinting experiment.

Contact Us

For more information, please email the Science Education Department.

Seattle Children’s thanks Microsoft for supporting activities in the Science Discovery Lab.