Nowadays, in the world where technologies and sciences are progressing quickly, young teenagers must be equipped with great knowledge to be able to compete with the rest of the world. Inspired to enrich the students’ knowledge, IPEKA Integrated Christian School (IICS) conducted over two days Biology trip to Atmajaya Biotechnology Faculty in Semanggi, Jakarta on August 23-24, 2016. Throughout the field trip, the 24 Biology students learned three different subtopics to obtain knowledge about biotechnology, fulfilling the requirements of HSC Biology syllabus.
On the first day, they learned about DNA. The day was started with lecture and was continued in the laboratory. In the laboratory, they practiced DNA electrophoresis and learned how to use PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine. Then, there was demonstration of electroporation. They also observed results of electrophoresis under UV lights and an example of recombinant bacteria. On the second day, the students learned about plant tissue culture and food technology. In the plant tissue culture laboratory, they learned how to make agar medium to grow plants and how to transfer plants from agar medium to soil. Then, they also practiced their skills to grow plants in agar medium. After the plant tissue culture, they went to the food technology laboratory where they learned to make soft cheese and nata de coco by fermentation. The results of their fermentation were then brought back to the school to be observed further. All in all, the trip to Atmajaya University was a great way to expose students to the practices of biotechnology. By the end of trip, students were expected to be more equipped to fulfill the HSC Biology syllabus, be enriched with knowledge and be able to compete with the rest of the world.