Fouth Annual Life on the Edge Camp, 2012

The fourth annual “Life on the Edge" Astrobiology summer enrichment camp was held on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology on June 11- 15, 2012. During this time, 20 high school students had the unique opportunity to explore the limits of life on earth in a university lab setting. The students engaged in active, hands-on, inquiry-based activities that were designed to explore extremophilic life. This year, the camp was organized and run by a team of Georgia Tech research and faculty members, high school and middle school teachers, and undergraduate students. The high school teachers were supported by the Georgia Intern-Fellowship for Teachers (GIFT) program. The undergraduate students were part of the Summer Pre-Teaching program which was funded through the National Science Foundation. The teachers and undergraduate students developed activities and lesson plans in accordance with the National Science Standards.


Purpose: The lab notebook will serve as an organizational tool of ideas for the student’s lab experiments.

Purpose:  Students will set up experiments to  see which species of rotifers can survive an overnight desiccation.

Purpose: Students will observe the effects of extremely low temperatures on inorganic and organic matter.

Purpose: Students will find out if Psychrophiles are found in their home fridge and will practice sterile techniques.

Purpose: Students will become familiar with the micropipetting technique, learn the characteristics needed for life.

Purpose: To teach students how to think independently by carrying out an inquiry-based experiment.

Purpose: Students will develop an understanding of DNA by extraction and physical manipulation, and  classify organisms based on their genetic makeup.

Purpose: Students will become familiar with the technique used to amplify DNA through a polymerase chain reaction.

Purpose:  Students will become familiar with the technique used to analyze DNA through gel electrophoresis and micropipetting.