UTRGV’s Mobile Laboratory is providing over 500 middle school students an educational experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It encourages the students to join STEM field careers.

UTRGV is teaching students how to test their own DNA.

Miguel Mendoza, Mobile lab coordinator, “Today we extracted DNA from the cheek. Pretty much what they did is bite their cheek to break down the cells that are in their mouth and spit it into the cup. Then, they extract with the salt and the alcohol. At the end they get that cloudy DNA that everybody can take home with them.”

Students say they understand context on their science book better after this hands-on experience.