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Micro Beats

Microbiologists used to be like treasure hunters with magnifying glasses; having no good way to see what is just outside of their view. Now, with AI as their trusty map-maker, they’re exploring galaxies of data faster than a DJ working a turntable.

Imagine discovering new bacteria that could help clean up pollution, all thanks to AI’s lightning-fast calculations. Or predicting disease outbreaks before they even happen, thanks to AI’s knack for spotting unusual patterns.

Combine this power with a passion for hip hop and self expression, and get ready to embark on an incredible journey that will take your knowledge of science to a whole new level with Micro Beats!

Participants will mix microbiology, chemistry, artificial intelligence, and hip hop to learn all the skills necessary to become a scientist. By blending the magic of artificial intelligence with the wonder of biological research and the soul of hip hop, explore how AI isn’t just about sci-fi movies – it’s your partner in unlocking your passion and future in science!


Skills Learned:

  • Artificial Intelligence Modeling
  • Artificial Intelligence Analysis
  • Experimental Design
  • PCR and Gel Electrophoresis
  • Creating Agar and Microbial Growth Media
  • Basic Microbiology Skill
  • Laboratory Sanitization
  • Culturing Microbes
  • Tool Usage

Micro Beats Application

Due to funding from a generous grantor, we are able to offer limited Micro Beats slots at no cost. Note that this free program is primarily intended for students who identify as Black or African American. Please register for the event below to apply. Please email us directly at [email protected] if you do not see an event below.

Micro Beats Registration

Registrations are open for ourfirst year of Micro Beats! Please email us directly at [email protected] if you do not see an event below.

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Hill District Lab
The Hill District location is currently under a relocated plan.

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South Hills Lab
1699 Washington Rd.
Suite 200
Pittsburgh PA 15228
(814) 830-3100

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