hinton_no10.gif Hinton Scholars Student Tutoring Group 10

School: Boston Latin Academy


teacher_hinton16_jbanerjee.jpgAP Bio Teachers: Ally Via & Jayashree Banerjee
grp10_hinton18_dmegahed.jpgTutor: Doaa Megahed

Hinton BLA Mentors: Eileen Chen, Michelle Chen, Jessica Lomasnay, Trung Pham, William Brennan, Michaela Russel, Tam Nguyen, Huy Pham, Graciela Rios, Garwai Mai, Ambria Coakley, Sharon Rosas, Manuel Patino, Ryan Nguyen, Kaetu Wuh

Mairead Baker
Janelle Cave
Dounia Elbudaoui
Bryndis Jonson
Charlie Luu
Whitney Maurilus
Kathleen O'Hagaon
Julie Qiu
Stephanie Sanchez
Alisa Tran


LABORATORY 1 - Enzyme Catalysis
Thursday, October 19, 2017
TMEC 128 All students: Tutors join students in the lab.
Labs: 343 & 344

Hey guys!
Our first lab together is going to be about how enzymes facilitate the reactions that occur in our body. Together, we'll see for ourselves an enzyme do just that (except outside of a living organism). We will also explore how we can change how well our enzyme works by varying the environment in which it carries out its job.

Here are a few questions for you to ponder before tomorrow's lab:
(1) What are enzymes? and why do we need them?
Knowing the answer to the above question might help you:
(2) Guess how we can change the local environment of the enzyme to affect how well it does its job?
(3) Think of a way to measure how well an enzyme works?

Really looking forward to this lab! And I'm sure you guys will surprise me with all sorts of thoughts and ideas on the topic during our discussion.
I'm sure you guys will do an awesome job at grasping the concepts, doing the experiments and interpreting your results.

See you tomorrow!

LABORATORY 2 - Photosynthesis
Thursday, November 9, 2017
TMEC Tutoring room: 111
Labs: 343 & 344

Hi guys!
This week's lab is super exciting! We get to talk about why plants are our best friends by learning more about photosynthesis, which is a biological process that plants and some bacteria can carry out to provide us with the sugar we need to survive. Not only that, but as a byproduct they make sure we get enough oxygen too!

In preparation for tomorrow's lab you might want to check out this link, which very nicely describes what we'll be doing:

Using LabQuest as we did last time, we will test some of the factors that affect photosynthesis. Can you think of what some of these factors are before tomorrow's lab?

See you tomorrow!

LABORATORY 3 - Cellular Respiration
Thursday, December 21, 2017
TMEC Tutoring room: 111
TMEC Learning Studio 106 for Lab

Ooops! Missed that one! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

LABORATORY 4 - Transpiration

Thursday, January 18, 2018
TMEC Tutoring room: 115

Hey guys!
This lab is slightly technically challenging but the principles behind it are very very straight forward. To get you geared up I thought you might want to think of the following:
(1) What environmental factors affect the rate of evaporation of water? Those will be very similar to the things that affect transpiration.
(2) How much water vapour would you get from a small towel versus a towel twice it's size? Why? The answer to this question will help you figure out why the size of a leaf from the same plant might affect the rate of water lost to transpiration ;)

Last, but not least....check out this video on how you will be setting up your lab equipment. It will make your life so much easier!
See you all tomorrow!

LABORATORY 5 - DNA Analysis with PCR & Gel Electrophoresis
Thursday, February 15, 2018
TMEC Tutoring room: TMEC115

Hey guys,
This lab is your chance to prove how awesome you are as a CSI investigator!
Someone is suspected to have been drinking water in the lab last time when they shouldn't have. We don't know who it is, but we know it must've been someone from BLA. You have to prove it wasn't you but testing your DNA against that found on the water bottle.
What you need to do is basically amplify a unique region in your DNA and compare it to a similar region in the crime scene DNA. Although the sequence is repetitive and similar between the two, they should be of different lengths. If the length is the same...you've been caught red handed!

You can check out the principles of DNA amplification here!
See you tomorrow!

LABORATORY 6 - Transformation
MAKEUP Thursday, March 29, 2018
TMEC Tutoring room: 314

Hey guys,
This will be our last lab of the year and is actually quite fun! We touch upon artificial transformation, by trying to force a non-pathological strain of bacteria to uptake circular DNA (plasmid) that allows them to turn a colourless compound into a blue one. Exciting!
You might want to check the video on the home page for this lab to get a glimpse of the kind of thing you'll hopefully see upon completion!

See you all later!

Final Event: May 10, 2018