• At The Shoulders of Giants (TSoG), we believe that becoming a scientist is more than just an occupation – it is a state of mind. Our programs challenge our students to rise to the occasion and become the best versions of themselves that they can be. We do not expect our students to simply remember and reproduce content in our programs - we expect them to acquire tools and apply them. This requires students to truly think, and, in the process, exercises a muscle which does not always receive attention in school. Although this can be intimidating at first, science and engineering are skills, and like all other skills, you must practice them diligently if you wish to become proficient.

    To become a practitioner of science and engineering is to step out of the classroom and into the laboratory. At The Shoulders of Giants, you will find a welcoming laboratory culture that will encourage you to approach science and engineering with the same passion and intensity with which you might approach a sport, a musical instrument, or your favorite hobby. With time and practice, our students grow as young professionals under the guidance of our faculty. In this environment, students embrace their role as good citizens of the scientific community:

    • Seeking opportunities to learn from all people, places, and experiences encountered.
    • Studying for the sake of self-improvement, not to compete against others.
    • Recognizing that hard work and practice are essential for mastery of any skill.
    • Respecting the role that science plays in all aspects of our lives.
    • Applying their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.

    No matter their age or background, there is something of value at The Shoulders of Giants for everyone. Through our rigorous summer programs, year-round Mentorship Program, and ongoing educational outreach, we hope to have the opportunity to share the thrill of scientific discovery with you.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants offers challenging, immersive programs designed to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about their future career paths. Through hands-on activities and guided instruction, students are exposed to exciting, cutting-edge fields.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants is proud to offer world-class science and engineering mentorship. These year-round, hands-on programs are designed to provide middle and high school students with a broad foundation of practical, analytical, and problem-solving skills that span the breadth of technical disciplines.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants exists to share the thrill of scientific discovery! From day trips to public expos, our mission is to bring opportunities to experience science and engineering first-hand to all students of all ages. Click here to find a free public event near you!

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  • We are very pleased to announce some additional science fair successes by TSoG Mentorship students! Copernicus student Avaniko Asokkumar and his partner Prakul Singh who attend Vandeventer Middle School in Frisco were selected to advance to the regional science fair. Their project looked at the ability of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to optimize paths between multiple sources of food, based on the size of the food source. Slime molds are a group of single celled eukaryotic organisms that can aggregate together to form multicellular structures. Physarum polycephalum can exist as a single celled amoeba or as plasmodium, giant multinucleated cells that forms vein-like networks. When in the plasmodium state, the organism can solve complex mazes to reach a food source. Kepler Student Snehith Rayavaram and his partners Dhruva Rao and Karthik Naidu won first place in the materials science category at Plano East Senior High School. Snehith and his team had an engineering goal of [...]

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  • How do you read a strand of DNA?

    To carry on with the theme of DNA, I thought today we would talk about a process downstream from PCR – Sequencing! Sequencing is the process of determining the order of the four base pairs in a DNA strand. There are three primary methods of DNA sequencing: Sanger sequencing, Next-generation sequencing, and third generation sequencing methods. Sanger sequencing was the first major breakthrough in reliable DNA sequencing. Developed in 1977 by Frederick Sanger, Sanger sequencing relies on a method called chain termination. Sanger sequencing shares some similarities to PCR. Like PCR, Sanger sequencing requires A DNA template, a primer, and DNA polymerase. However unlike PCR, Sanger sequencing uses only one primer which is complimentary to the forward strand of the template DNA. Therefore, the DNA polymerase will only amplify the main strand – since DNA strands are complimentary we only need to know the sequence of one strand, so this is not a problem. Another difference is that[...]

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    Late Registration Deadline for Summer Program Applications

    [All] Midnight - Please complete your applications for SBEE 2018 - remaining space is very limited!  If you have created an account and have not yet received a confirmation email stating that your application is complete, you're not done! Please revisit the SBEE program page and call the TSoG lab if you have any questions about the application process: (214) 575-5444



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