IPEKA International Christian School (IICS) held a field trip at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (Jakarta) a while ago.
The purpose of the field trip was to learn about biotechnology at the UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s School of Biotechnology. The students were introduced to various advanced biology techniques frequently discussed in biology, topics which are based on the curriculum of the Board of Studies New South Wales, Australia.
The core topics in the curriculum incorporate observations of enzymes, protein, genetics and health problems, and microbiology. The curriculum also offers a variety of optional topics, from which the students can choose one. These topics have contents leading to the university level so that they can be directly involved in the process of advanced biology application at the university level.
The students follow the process of observations in biochemistry. That is, the electrophoresis (the motion of colloidal particles through a solution under the influence of an electric field)of protein as one of the forms of protein identification. They also worked and observed several jobs in microbiology, namely the visual observation of bacteria through various coloring techniques, antibiotic evaluation, and isolation application to the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) of DNA.
These activities were of great benefits to IICS students as they:
- Were introduced to necessary advanced biology techniques to make their biology topics more up-to-date;
- Had an opportunity to take a closer look at various applications of biology at the university level, which could help them decide firmly on the subjects they would choose to study at the university;
- Had an opportunity to interview student lab assistants about life related to biology-related jobs.
Ã¢â‚¬â€by Ireng Ambarsari, IICS Year 12 Biology Teacher