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    • 1. Costa Rica 2013 AP Chemistry
    • 2. Presentation Agenda• Introduction to Scholastic Expeditions• Our programs • Research opportunities • Community service • Fun stuff!• Benefits for college-bound students• How to sign up
    • 3. Scholastic ExpeditionsWhat we’re all about...• Hands-on science in the field• Helping out Costa Rican communities• Awesome fun activities• Inspiring future global citizens and scientists!
    • 4. Ride into Costa Rica!• Begin your adventure...
    • 5. Research Facilities Earth University• Interact with professors and students at ITCR and Earth University
    • 6. Research Facilities• Costa Rica’s national marine science center, ECMAR
    • 7. Research Facilities• Parque Marino del Pacifico, National Aquarium Facilities at Puntarenas
    • 8. INBio• National Institute of Biodiversity • Non-profit, public interest organization • Collects and analyzes samples of biota from various Costa Rican ecosystems • Searches for useful chemical compounds within the samples they find (a process called bio-prospecting) • Uses the information collected to influence sustainability and conservation efforts of Costa Rican biodiversity
    • 9. INBio Activities• Phytochemical validation of medicinal plants• Training in chromatographic analysis applied to plants• Analysis using NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy)• Preparation and lyophilization of extracts• Development of extracts and phytopharmaceuticals• Development of analysis methods through HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography)• Analysis, isolation, and characterization of organic compounds• Obtaining tinctures and essential oils
    • 10. Bio-prospecting• Applications • Genetic research/Gene therapy • Pharmaceuticals • Medical science • Biotech • Cosmetics • Food science • Agricultural science
    • 11. Water Testing• Test for water quality at various locations in Costa Rica • 5 sites • Tropical Forest • Dry Tropical Forest • Brackish waters, etc.
    • 12. Water Biochemistry • How do the chemical properties and composition of water support different types of life?• Test: • Water pH • dissolved oxygen • coliform bacteria, etc. • then compare different types of organisms found in each habitat
    • 13. Other Research Possibilities • Harvest medicinal plants and isolate active compounds (pharmacology) • Venom analysis/anti-venom production • Determine exposure causes of unexplained animal deaths (toxicology) • Organic fertilizer study/ production
    • 14. Community Service• Help out at a Costa Rican school
    • 15. Community Service• Plant native trees
    • 16. Eco-farm• Learn about sustainable farming
    • 17. Banana Plantation• Visit a banana plantation• Learn about Costa Rican agriculture• Try your hand at bagging bananas!
    • 18. Hiking• Sendero Gavilan walking trail
    • 19. Arenal Volcano National Park• Hike through lava flows• Become a volcanologist for the day
    • 20. Volcanic Hot Springs• Spend the evening relaxing in Arenal’s natural volcanic hot springs
    • 21. White Water Rafting On Rio Sarapiqui
    • 22. Monteverde Canopy Tour • Zipline through the cloud forest!
    • 23. Hotels El EstabloVolcano Lodge
    • 24. Costa Rican Food
    • 25. Beef up your College Apps • Not just any extracurricular... • Get firsthand research experience • Cultural/language exposure • Community service • A great topic for application essays!
    • 26. Broaden Your Mind• With knowledge from subject areas like: • Ecology • Biology • Spanish • And, of course, Chemistry!
    • 27. A World Away• Where in the U.S. can Quetzal you see...Gray Fox• Rare exotic species• Beautiful rainforest Three-toed Sloth
    • 28. Make it Happen!• Contact your supervising teacher or Susan Schai at (831) 440-1041• The adventure of a lifetime awaits you!
    • 29. Possible Trip Dates• Spring break: April 1st-7th, 7 days• Summer: June 24th-July 2nd, 8 days • Spring or summer trip decided among participants
    • 30. How to Register• Two part process: 1. Sign up online at www.ScholasticExpeditions.org 2. Send deposit of $250 to: • 5610 Scotts Valley Dr. Ste. 313 Scotts Valley, CA 95066• And you’re all set!
    • 31. Contact Info• Susan Schai• susans@scholasticexpeditions.org• (831) 440-1041• 5610 Scotts Valley Dr. Ste. 313 Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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