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Costa Rica Science Research

High School Immersion Programs

Seeds of Change, Inc. is a Minnesota 501(C)(3)
non-profit corporation with a mission to influence high school students to pursue science-related careers by immersing them in original research experiences that ignite in each student a passion for science. Our programs deliberately relate real-world problems of enormous consequences for mankind to student research. 

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Seeds of Change (SOC) Extracting leafcutter ant fungus garden -  Tropical Field Research Program - Costa Rica

10-day Field Research Program

Students in grades 9-12 join two teachers/chaperones to form a tropical field research group of 16 students from their school or region

 

There are no prerequisites for the program, but biology is preferred. The summer immersion program is based on the north slope of the Rincon volcano in northern Costa Rica at the juncture of the premontane and cloud forest biomes.

 

The final 2 days of the program are spent at one of Costa Rica's pristine Pacific coast beaches at a sea turtle hatchery where they can learn to surf and kayak in a mangrove estuary.

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4-day Teacher Training Workshop 

This workshop is for teachers interested in running an SOC Insect-Microbiome Antibiotic Bioprospecting research class in their high school. 

 

Completion of the workshop certifies teachers to conduct research in their classrooms with their students to isolate and characterize potentially novel antibiotic-producing microbes. 

Regional workshops can be organized for your area.

Seeds of Change (SOC) Bioinformatics Program Marine Research - Hawksbill Turtle

10-day Bioinformatics Research 

Students (16-22) in grades 10-12 come together to form group of 16-22 students from one or multiple schools or homeschools to form a bioinformatics research immersion group. 

 

Completion of biology is a prerequisite for this program. The summer bioinformatics immersion program is based in Monteverde, Costa Rica. 

The final 2 days of the program are spent at one of Costa Rica's pristine Pacific coast beaches at a sea turtle hatchery where they can learn to surf and kayak in a mangrove estuary.