• 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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  • 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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  • Copernicus Students' Science Fair Success!

    The TSoG lab was a busy place for science fair projects this past fall! Several of our new Copernicus mentorship students worked on microbiology and chemistry projects in the biochem lab. We have also had a few of our Kepler students working hard on projects that bridge chemistry and engineering over the winter break. We are proud to announce that two of our Copernicus students, Adith Gangalakunta and Simran Misra, won first place at their respective school science fairs! Adith won 1st place at Rice middle school in Plano. Adith’s project, titled “Can melatonin help prevent skin cancer?” looked at the photo-protective effects of melatonin. You may be familiar with melatonin as a sleep aid, but it is also an antioxidant. When living organisms are exposed to UV-light it causes an increase in oxidative stress inside the cells; unchecked this oxidative stress wreaks havoc on the cell, causing DNA mutations or even cell death. Antioxidants however, can prevent the damage caused by [...]

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  • Upcoming Event Highlights

    Dec

    16

    Newton Expo

    [All] 5:45pm - 6:30pm - Come see the progress made by our Newton students in BIO / EE 2301 - Human Physiology and Biomedical Electronics! Open to the public - stop by before our Holiday Party!

    Dec

    16

    Holiday Party / Open House

    [All] 6:30pm - 9:30pm - Join us for food, fun, and awards as we celebrate the end of the year with our TSoG friends and family! Click here to RSVP!

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