Toxicology: Keep Calm and Put Your Lab Coat On

Are you curious about what poisons are lurking in your food, clothing, and home?  Do you want to see the effects of toxins on plants and crickets? If so, then this is the class for you!  Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms.  In this class, students will research questions such as: Is organic food really better for you? Flesh-eating bacteria that can’t be killed with antibiotics sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – is it real?  Is it safe to drink water from a stream? It seems like everything in the environment can give you cancer – is that true? Can too much caffeine kill you? Using bioassays, students will investigate the toxicity of household products, common chemicals, and samples from the environment.  We will explore contaminants commonly found in our everyday lives, their effects on humans, and how we can reduce our risk.

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About Expand Your Mind

For Rising 8th-12th Grade Students

A Unique Experience on a College Campus

Expand Your Mind brings together talented students from across the Twin Cities, the nation, and the world for intensive learning and discovery during two 2-week summer sessions. Located on the beautiful campus of Macalester College, EYM challenges students academically while developing leadership skills, instilling self-confidence, and fostering lifelong friendships among like-minded peers.

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