Supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant
In 1994, Bowdoin College Professor Tom Settlemire and Director of Laboratories Pam Bryer initiated the Applications in Spectophotometry workshop for Maine high school science teachers. The objective of the week-long workshop held at Bowdoin College is to encourage more opportunities to include investigative approaches for learning in the science classroom. Spectrophotometry was chosen because it has a wide range of applications from theoretical physics to applied biology . The workshop not only facilitates various approaches to science instruction but also provides the teachers with the equipment and supplies to do spectophotometry.
Currently the workshop is designed to include two science teachers from each of four different Maine high schools.During the week, Settlemire, Bryer, and a Bowdoin College students assist the teachers in gaining experience with a variety of experiments that utilize a spectrophotometer. Examples of workshop labs include enzyme kinetics, protein assays, water analysis, determination of equilibrium constants, standard curves, and bacterial growth.
Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to Pam Bryer .
Created by Leah McConaughey '01 and Shellie Gauthier '02
Updated by Courtney Reichert '06