Roster of Biotechnology Education Programs and Partnerships

There are many individuals and organizations working to implement the teaching of biotechnology. Some have just begun their endeavors, others have grown with the industry. This roster has two purposes. First, to acknowledge the efforts of those who are working to bring state of the art science and technology to high school students. Second, to help groups to connect with one another.

We in education often tend to "reinvent the wheel" because it is easier to do that than to find someone who has "Been there. Done that." The message boards attached to this roster provide a place for individuals to discuss common challenges and to learn from the experiences of others.

We encourage you to submit a brief description of your project along with links to your web site. If you do not have a website, please contact us so we can arrange to have information about your program or partnership linked in another way.

Biotech curriculum developed by partnerships and classroom tested is posted separately. To share your experiences and questions, please join us on the Biotechnology Curriculum message board.

BIOTECH Project, University of Arizona
The BIOTECH Project was started at the University of Arizona in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology with funding from the Flinn Foundation. The Project provides biology teacher professional development and loans biology equipment and materials to more than 100 teachers and 6,000 students across Arizona with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Arizona's Eisenhower Higher Education Act funds, and NSF's Plant Genome Research Program.

This biotechnology learning laboratory for students and teachers at the Boston University School of Medicine is supported by the National Institutes of Health (SEPA) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The aim of CityLab is to provide access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and curriculum in biotechnology otherwise unavailable to most school systems. Teachers bring their students to CityLab where they are challenged to solve problems by applying the same techniques and concepts of genetics and molecular biology used in modern biotechnology laboratories today. Each topic is presented in a mystery format.

CityLab Academy
CityLab Academy is a nine month academic and laboratory skills training program for high school graduates and GED recipients interested inmpursuing a successful career and further education in biotechnology. It is directed by Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM), CityLab. CityLab Academy is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) Program.

Fralin Biotechnology Center's Outreach Program at Virginia Tech
The Fralin Biotechnology Center provides a variety of biology education resources for Virginia's high school and community college educators: classroom materials including Biotech-in-a-Box kits and videos, information resources including its annual Biotechnology Conference and quarterly Biotech Times, and teacher professional development including both brief and intensive workshops on current advances in bioscience.

The Gene Connection
San Mateo County's (CA) Biotechnology Education Partnership is a partnership of schools, industry, the County Office of Education. From its beginnings in three classrooms in the spring of 1990, this partnership now supports biotechnology education for more than 7200 students in the classrooms of more than 80 teachers in high schools throughout the county.

The High School Human Genome Program
The High School Human Genome Program was developed by scientists from Molecular Biotechnology (MBT) at the University of Washington and high school teachers from the Puget Sound region. High school students are contributing to the Human Genome Project. In the high school classrooms involved in the program, students perform two sophisticated laboratory techniques: DNA synthesis and DNA sequencing. Their teaching modules are on the web and available for download

SF Base
SF Base is a partnership involving business, academia and the San Francisco Unified School District. The partnership serves 4000 students in 12 high schools. Major financial support for this biotechnology project is provided by the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Research.

The UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership
SEP has a long track record of scientists and teachers working together. High School students benefit via the SF BASE (San Francisco Biotechnology and Science Education).

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