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MHS students at "Paint with Bacteria" event

MHS Students Discover the Connection Between Science and Art

Milton Hershey School’s high school BioBuilders Club recently organized a “Paint with Bacteria” event with nine middle school students to showcase the connection between science and art. Using the school’s SCILab—a monitored laboratory space that encourages students to engage in scientific activities outside the classroom—MHS high school students introduced the concept of genetically engineered bacteria to their younger peers.

Throughout the two-day event, the middle school students also learned about lab safety and BioArt—a form of art that includes live bacteria and living organisms. To apply their scientific knowledge and artistic skills, students were asked to create sketches for live bacteria paintings.

MHS students at "Paint with Bacteria" event

They traced their sketches with various colors of live bacteria and incubated them overnight in a dish. The next day, MHS students observed the bacteria’s growth and saw how the colors were enhanced compared to their original sketches. The students took photos of their work to display in a gallery and reflected on the creative process of BioArt and genetic engineering.

At Milton Hershey School, students have the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge outside the classroom in hands-on laboratory spaces that encourage exploration, creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration.