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Bio-Med Hands-on Workshop: Simulation COVID Testing

Thursday, Dec 16th at 6:00 p.m.

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Ever wanted to know if you had a disease? Or, more specifically, if you or someone you knew had COVID-19? How would you know if you were positive or not? As with any virus, including the virus responsible for the disease we call COVID-19, it replicates or makes copies of itself inside of your cells. To do this, the virus must get your cell to make each viral component or part. Afterward, these parts are assembled to make a new virus, we call them progeny. To use an analogy, imagine a corporation that makes cars. The employees make each component or car part (doors, hood, trunk, engine, headlights, etc.). Afterward, they take each part and assemble them to make a new car, just like viruses instruct the cell they take each part to make new viruses! These viral parts play an important role in your immune response such that they serve as antigens that are recognized by your body. In response, your body produces a counter molecule that is specific to that antigen (viral part) called an antibody. These two molecules bind to one another. This binding interaction can be detected via an immunoassay like an ELISA.

ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. It is also referred to as Enzyme Immunoassay or EIA for short. It is a technique used to detect binding between an antigen and antibody for the diagnosis of diseases like COVID-19. It works by immobilizing an antigen or antibody to a surface and then applying the sample to allow binding between the antigen and the antibody for the development of an antigen/antibody complex. This complex is detected by either an enzyme or fluorophore (fluorescent molecule) that produces a color when binding occurs. There are several types of ELISAs: direct, indirect, sandwich or competitive. The machines used in these assays are very expensive. A more economical way is through lateral flow which uses a cassette that you apply a sample to. For COVID-19, the lateral flow technique is when performing a Rapid Test (see figure). A nasal swab sample is taken from the patient. This sample is applied to a cassette which produces a color if the patient tests positive for COVID-19. The purpose of this laboratory exercise is to demonstrate how an ELISA works by simulating a COVID test.

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College Planning and Life Skills Workshop

The Dream Catcher curriculum will cover various elements of college & career planning along with some essential life skills to foster student success in high school and in postsecondary.

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GEAR UP Georgia students attending will be provided GrubHub credit towards dinner during the event. Most register for the workshop one day prior to the event and be in attendance to receive the Grubhub credit.

Here is our topic schedule for the Fall of 2021:

Entrepreneurship Webinar

Tue, December 7, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

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Entrepreneurship in Georgia - How to start a business and tips for owning a business as a teenager or young adult.


Princeton Review ACT Test Prep

Monday, Dec 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Registered for the December 11 ACT exam and need a confidence-boosting refresher? This Princeton Review ACT 101 is the class for you! Join GEAR UP Georgia students across the state as they learn test-taking strategies specifically for the ACT and how to boost scores with just a few tweaks.

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Princeton Review ACT Test Prep

Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registered for the December 11 ACT exam and need a confidence-boosting refresher? This Princeton Review ACT 101 is the class for you! Join GEAR UP Georgia students across the state as they learn test-taking strategies specifically for the ACT and how to boost scores with just a few tweaks.

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December SAT Exam

Due to college admissions policies and scholarship requirements, taking the ACT/SAT is a must-to-do for high school seniors. GEAR UP Georgia has test prep and SAT fee waivers to help you.

For the SAT registration site click HERE. You’ll need to make a College Board account.

2021-22 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration

Deadline

Saturday, August 28, 2021 Friday, July 30, 2021 Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Saturday, October 2, 2021 Friday, September 3, 2021 Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021 Friday, October 8, 2021 Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Saturday, December 4, 2021 Thursday, November 4, 2021 Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Saturday, March 12, 2022 Friday, February 11, 2022 Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Saturday, May 7, 2022 Friday, April 8, 2022 Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Saturday, June 4, 2022 Thursday, May 5, 2022 Wednesday, May 25, 2022

First Friday Scholarship Check-In

September 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

First Friday Scholarship Check-in sessions are a part of UNL’s financial literacy initiative. All high school and college students are invited to join us on the first Friday of each month to learn helpful tools and strategies for securing college funding and scholarships.

Register in advance for this session.

Please reach out Jessica Washington, Director for Financial Literacy at jwashington@ushersnewlook.org for more information.



I Applied. Now What? Webinar

Thu, December 2, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

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The Apply to College Follow-ups webinar will offer next steps of the college admissions and financial aid process after the initial applications are submitted. High school seniors and transfer college students are encouraged to register for this insightful webinar.


Dell Scholars Application Deadline

Nationally, 500 Dell Scholars are selected each year to receive a scholarship plus lots of non-monetary supports. All Dell Scholars receive:

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