Exploring College Through Media
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thursday, July 13, 2017
I thought the visit to Thermo Fisher was interesting. I liked how we got to do activities and learn about what they do. The
people were nice and gave us lots of information, answered the questions we had about Thermo Fisher, and even gave us
a tour of the place. We did an activity where we found a strawberries DNA, and another where we could identify different
types of plastics with or without a number by using this machine they had there, and we also did another one where they
taught some of us how to pipette. And that was pretty much it. I had a fun time learning new things and I wouldn’t mind if we
went back again.
I think that going to Thermo Fisher was a really interesting and fun experience. My favorite part was when we did the
strawberry DNA experiment because we got to do a lot of things and we got to see the strawberry DNA. I think what made it
fun was that It included more things to do than listening
Thermo Fisher is a good company to see what type of new machines they have created to help the health of our generation
and even of our pets. The visit to Thermo Fisher to me was a good trip because my group got to know some machines that
measure the amount of DNA in a liquid, which we got to experiment with the Nano drop One. The part I most liked about the
visit to Thermos Fisher was how they produce the big amount of cells that they study and create them into new ones they
haven’t learned about. One fact that I didn’t know was that the UW-Madison is well known for the largest production of stem
cells which now the company Thermo Fisher creates. I would recommend Thermo Fisher if you are interested into science
and it is a great place to know about stem cells or the different types of cells they study.
The Thermo Fisher field trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I learned a lot more about how science impacts the
environment you live in and what you can look up to later in life. For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about if I
should really be a robotics engineer. I wanted to be a robotics engineer just because of the money. I felt like I wasn’t good
in my advanced math class because it went so fast so I started to think about science because there’s so much to learn
about in that subject. I also found an interest in health, more specifically, anatomy. These are my both biggest interests,
science and health and I felt like Thermo Fisher Scientific was just right for me, I just need to put in hard work and depth in
my classes to reach my biggest goal.
I was excited when we were about to enter the building because I was wondering, is this the place for me in the future?
Once I went in the room with the big machines, I knew this would be one of the biggest places to look up to. I was amazed
on what the NanoDrop did, it was just one of the coolest machines to work with. When I was working with the pipettes, I felt
like I was doing something that not a lot would do in their life so I am very honored to be doing what I’m doing right now to
accomplish my biggest dream.
My class went on a field trip to Thermo Fisher Scientific. When we first went in, we were led into a room where we left all our
backpacks in, we also got some nice accessories we got to take home: we got a pair of magnets, a backpack, a cellphone
attachable card holder and a pen with four different colors. Alongside all the accessories we got to take home, there was a
lab coat and some glasses to protect our eyes while in the lab. After we put those on, we got a name tag and attached it to
our lab coat. We were then led into another room where we would do the first part of our tour. We were split in half for two
different stations. The first instrument I used was the Thermo Scientific NanoDrop One. It was used to find the concentration
and to evaluate different nucleic acid and protein samples. While I was in that station, I learned that DNA can be used to find
cures to different diseases. The second instrument I used was the Thermo Scientific Nicolet IS5. This Instrument was used
to identify different plastics and other materials. For the tour, we just used plastics because it’s easier to identify different
plastics. We each grabbed a piece of plastic from one of the six types and tested it to see if the instrument got it correct and
it did on every single one our plastics. Once we were done with the two stations, we went on to our second part of our tour.
The second part of our tour was a science experiment. We were going to extract DNA from a strawberry. By the end of the
experiment, we had a tube of water and alcohol and you could see the DNA of a strawberry. It kind of looked like a
spiderweb. At the end of the tour, we took a group photo and went back home
Thursday the Exploring collage through media class went to Thermo Fisher Scientific for a field trip. At the field trip I learned
lots of things like how they sample DNA, how they see what kind of plastic is, and how to take DNA from a fruit. One of my
favorite things that we did was the strawberry DNA experiment. I also like that when we got there they made us feel like
scientists by giving us lab coats and giving us safety goggles. I think the field trip was educational and very hands on. I like
this field trip because you do fun experiments,and you learn about lots of science tools that scientist use almost every day
to do their job. When Thermo Fisher was first created it was two separate companies. One was called Thermo Electron,
and the other was Fisher Scientific. They then became one company called Thermo Fisher Scientific. Another thing I
learned was that Thermo has offices located all around the world. One last thing that I learned was that the pay range is
based on your degrees so if you have a bachelor's your pay won’t be as high as a person who has a PhD. So overall I
learned a lot from Thermo and I got to do lots of fun doing hands-on experiments.
During our visit to Thermo Fisher, we learned a lot about the company. The way they presented their information was very
clear and understandable. In the beginning of the tour, we learned how they identify different variations of plastic materials.
Thermo Fisher uses a Nicolet IS5 FT-IR Spectrometer to determine the type of plastic. We had the chance to use the
equipment ourselves and learn how to use it. We also learned how to operate a Microvolume UV-Vis Spectrophotometers.
When used with a pipette this analyzes DNA samples.
Thermo Fisher’s equipment in their labs are used based on what the experiment is, what lab it is and when it needs to be
used. Much of their equipment is used in hospitals all around the world. They export products to many different countries.
Our tour guides at Thermo Fisher also taught us an easy-to-do experiment on how to extract DNA out of a living organism.
The organism they chose for us was a small piece of a strawberry. Overall, Thermo Fisher was an exciting experience and I
recommend anyone to just take a visit once.
ThermoFisher Scientific is a great place to visit. Not only do they make medical technology, they use many devices that help
to find DNA. Their company was founded in 2006 by George N. Hatsopoulos. They study science and engineering to make
all of their products accurate and dependable. They’ve made over $18 billion in revenue since 2016; they’re market cap is
over $59 billion and they have 55,000 employees. Thermo Fisher Scientific's salaries depend on your job and degree. For
example, a software engineer can make $89,046 per year.
One of our very first field trips in our Exploring Colleges through Mediaworkshop was to Thermo Fisher Scientific. When we
very first arrived we got taken to a small meeting room where there was a big television and a table set up with various
items for each one of us. We put on our lab coats and our safety goggles for safety. They gave us some information about
what we would be doing at Thermo and the various things that we would learn. They took us into a room where there would
be two different stations and we would be split up into two groups.
The first group that I was in was a discovering different types of plastic station and we would learn a new equipment that
can tell what type of plastic something is. We learned how to use the equipment and how it works for others and the
scientists. The second station was a DNA station. In this station we learned how to use a new tool that scientists also
learned how to use not a long time ago. With this tool, we learned that you have to use a tool called the Pippette to drop tiny
amounts of liquid into the machines called the Nano Drop One.
The liquid that would be extracted into the machine would be various types of DNA and it would compare the amount of DNA
to other amounts. After our two stations were done, we all gathered up and started asking questions for members of
Thermo Fisher Scientific. We had written some questions before we visited to Thermo Fisher so we could have some in
mind when the time came. After asking questions, we were taken into another small meeting room where we got the
opportunity to find the DNA of a strawberry. This experiment was very simple and kind of fun to do.
It only needed some household materials to find and discover the DNA of a strawberry. After we were done with our
experiment, we took some pictures around Thermo Fisher and asked some final questions for the members who worked
at Thermo. Overall Thermo Fisher was another good experience for me, but not really something that I would be interested
in. This new experience would definitely be a good fit for someone who would be interested in studying or working in
science and Thermo Fisher could be a great place for that.