Ochsner @Home STEM Kits: Register for your free kit today!
Parents, looking for something educational to do @Home with your children?
We want to send you a Science Kit, free of charge, during the month of September, October, and November. You will receive all the materials and instructions for you and your child to successfully complete the science activity of the month. Please use the link below to get started!
You will then receive notification of shipment and additional kit order opportunities along with instructions on how to show off your finished product at Ochsner for Children Hospital’s Facebook Page.
Kit 1: UV Flashlight and UV Detection Bracelet
This kit will teach kids about UV light and the importance of protecting your skin from too much UV exposure. Each kit will contain the directions and materials to build a mini UV flashlight and a UV detection bracelet. This kit is perfect for students ages 9 - 15. Younger children may need some extra assistance.
Registration for kit 1 is closed.
Kit 2: Pully Systems
Learn about simple machines, then build your own pulley system to explore how movement is supported. Then observe all of the pulleys around you. DId you know that pulleys are used inside many areas of the hospital?
Note: if you received Kit 1, please check your email. You should have received a Quick Link to register for Kit 2.
Registration for kit 2 is closed.
Kit 3: Make Your Own Stethoscope
A stethoscope is a tool used by healthcare professionals to magnify the tiny sounds that happen in your body. By listening to sounds such as your heart beat and air flow through your lungs, providers can help be sure your body is healthy. Using a funnel, tubing, and wire, let's create a model of a stethoscope!
Registration for kit 3 is closed.
Kit 4: Balloon Powered Ambulances - REGISTATION OPEN!
Learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion by building your own balloon powered ambulance! The kit contains step-by-step instructions and all materials needed to build your vehicle. How far can you get your ambulance to travel?
If you would like to receive a notification as soon as the kits are available, please fill out this Interest Form.
iLab Student Laboratory Visits - (On Pause until Further Notice)
In an effort to protect students and patients, job shadows on-campus field trips to Ochsner Health facilities are not being scheduled. We are committed to the wellbeing of our patients and communities and look forward to safely offering these activities when appropriate in the future. (High School Students)
The iLab, located at Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans, was developed as an additional resource and training laboratory for schools in our community. It hosts student groups from middle school to college throughout the year. The iLab's outreach efforts were originally expanded to include its own lab curriculum thanks to a generous $5,000 gift awarded to Education Outreach by Cox Charities.
Students and Teachers can benefit from the iLab by:
- Scheduling an Ochsner-led iLab visit. For more information, please see offerings below.
- Reserving space to teach specific laboratory curriculum. Teachers are able to utilize the fully-equipped space, alleviating the need for school funded equipment and greatly expanding the types of hands-on modules that could otherwise not be conducted in the classroom.
- Using the iLab as an extension of the resources already provided.
The below curriculum has been developed by the Ochsner Education Outreach staff. To schedule an iLab visit for your class, please email EducationOutreach@ochsner.org.
Matched-Bone Marrow Transplant
Educational Topics: DNA, Genetics, Gel Electrophoresis
Students learn about the function of bone marrow and the science behind matching donors and recipients for bone marrow transplantation. Students will perform gel electrophoresis on recipient and potential donor DNA to decide if they have any matches.
ELISA- Mapping a Flu Outbreak
Educational Topics: Immunology, Microbiology, Public Health
Students learn about the cells involved in protecting the body from infection. We create a mock flu epidemic by asking students to mix sample ‘body fluids’ with each other, one of which is infected with ‘flu’. The shared fluids are tested by ELISA to find out who is infected. Using this information, the class attempts to map the chain of infection and determine the initial infected student.
Cell Death- Testing New Cancer Drugs
Educational Topics: Cell Biology, Cancer, Spectrophotometry, Drug Development
Students learn about the role mutations play in cancer development and the process of testing new cancer treatments. Using spectrophotometry, students compare the ability of several botanical compounds to kill cancer cells through apoptosis. Students calculate the percent cytotoxicity using a provided formula to determine how the test compounds compare with a current market drug.
Diabetes Explorer- Determining Diabetes Status
Educational Topics: Diabetes, Diagnostic Testing, Standard Curve Analysis, Spectrophotometry
Students learn about the molecular basis for diabetes as well as common symptoms and risk factors. The lab focuses on diabetes testing and diagnosis of 3 patients. Critical reading of the patient’s history for signs and symptoms allows students to predict the diabetes status of each patient. Spectrophotometry of patients’ blood samples (simulated blood), along with standard curve analysis, allows the calculation of the blood sugar concentration of each sample. Diabetes status is then assigned based on calculated blood glucose levels. Students then reflect on the agreement between predictions and actual results.
Henrietta’s Story- Exploring Differences Between Normal and Cancer Cells
Educational Topics: Cancer, Cell & Molecular Biology, HPV Virology, Public Health
Students learn about the role of HPV in cervical cancer, screening for cervical cancer and the contribution of Henrietta Lacks to scientific advances and bioethics. The lab centers around determining cancer risk for four patients based on cytology and HPV DNA analysis. Students assign cancer risk to patient cervical cells based on cell morphology and predict the HPV status of the sample. Gel electrophoresis on the corresponding DNA samples allows students to determine the HPV DNA status. Students reflect on the accuracy of their predictions and the consequences of the additional DNA information to the patient’s cancer risk.