JBEI’s Sarah LaFrance volunteered this week at “Dinner with a Scientist” organized by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Since 2009, OUSD has been hosting “Dinner with a Scientist” in order to bring together local scientists, teachers, and students to celebrate science.
Sarah interacted with 4th and 5th graders from OUSD to explain how plants can be turned into biofuels and why JBEI is developing alternative energy sources. She brought an Arabidopsis specimen to the event, which is used as a model plant in JBEI’s research, and each student got to take an Arabidopsis seedling home. Sarah answered many questions about bioenergy and her role as a technology expert at the lab.
To learn more about this event visit http://science.ousd.org/dinner.htm