All hands on deck! For the 10th year, Genentech Gives Back Week took place during the third week of June. During the week, Genentech employees volunteered for causes they care about. On June 21, BABEC set up a pop-up lab on Genentech’s campus to host a group activity for volunteers to get their help assembling biotech kits for Bay Area high schools. In three-hour increments, groups of volunteers aliquoted Chelex into over 6000 tubes and tested over 300 micropipettes to make sure they were within range for accuracy. At least 70 Genentech employees fulfilled such essential tasks.
With full tubes and calibrated micropipettes, BABEC can now provide biotech kits to hundreds of classrooms. High school teachers will use these kits to teach students the fundamentals of biotechnology in a hands-on way. The Chelex-filled tubes will be used for DNA isolation lab lessons, which could be that spark for inspiring a new generation of scientists. Thank you, Genentech!