The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MITThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Cancer Institute Cancer Center

Science + Engineering... Conquering Cancer Together

Scouting Out Cancer

Girls Against Cancer! After several months of planning, KI researchers Rebecca Silberman (Amon Lab), Madeleine Oudin (Gerter Lab), and Jaime Cheah (HTS) debuted a new cancer research mini-course at the annual middle and high school STEM Expo presented by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Featuring colorful movies of cells dividing, slide-mounted samples of healthy and diseased tissue, and a wide range of pipetting tools, this interactive workshop invited participants to analyze data, examine the evidence for cancerous invasions, and race a robot to load multi-well plates for therapeutic screening. The day’s activities were well received by the scouts and are being adapted for a new activity offering in the KI’s ever-evolving student outreach program.