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Keil Thomas

Middle School Educator

I'll never forget how excited I was to start my first day of "real" science camp. I had taken other science-related camps before, but never one in an actual lab. We used microscopes, pipettes, and petri dishes just like real scientists – I was in heaven! Had you asked me at the end of the week, I probably couldn't have told you what molecular biology was, but my experience in Fun with DNA laid the foundation for me to want to pursue it in the future. Though I didn't continue on with all of the camps at the DNA Learning Center, I was fortunate enough to come back in high school for a field trip and it was there that I knew for sure that molecular biology was the thing for me.

After high school, I went to NYU's School of Engineering to study Biomolecular Science and began to study ways to use DNA to treat diseases and clean-up the environment. During my junior year, I returned to the DNALC as an intern and realized that the labs I was doing in college were the same labs that DNALC educators were teaching to middle and high school students. This gave me the benefit of learning the science in a way that anybody could understand it, and also underscored the importance of teaching the science that way as well. Soon, my classmates were coming to me for help because I could make even the most complex topics understandable for them.

As my senior year came and graduation approached, I was afraid I would have to leave the DNALC. Luckily enough, an education position opened around that time and I was hired into it. Now, I come into work every day excited at the chance to give students the same experiences I had in hopes that one day they'll make something great out of it, like coming back and teaching for the DNA Learning Center!

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