Three summer courses are offered in 2018. Recognizing that funds for professional development are limited, there are no course fees and stipends are provided to successful applicants. Stipends are $100 per day for each course. The registration form for each course includes a section designed for applicants to upload a letter that details interest in the course.

We view the provision of stipends as a way of further collaborating with the teachers we serve. This financial support is received with the provision that content covered in the course or workshop will subsequently be incorporated into recipients’ course materials; shared with students and colleagues; and, documented in the form of a report submitted to us upon completion.

We also offer an Equipment Loan Program and a listing of Resources for Biotechnology Education.

Please note: We have begun a waiting list for “Biotechnology: the basics” — see details below. Thanks!

Biotechnology: The Basics for Middle School Teachers

July 9-11, 2018; 9am-4pm, lunch provided

This course is designed to introduce middle school teachers to the fundamentals of biotechnology. The course will begin with a review of DNA structure and function. From there we will explore how different tools are used to investigate and analyze DNA.

Topics include DNA structure, DNA isolation, micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and bacterial transformation. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics, stem cells and NASA’s use of biotechnology; develop your laboratory preparatory skills; and, collaborate with other teachers to integrate biotechnology into your curriculum. If your knowledge of biotechnology is limited and you want to incorporate biotechnology with middle school students, this is the course for you!

Course Application: Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, all of whom are eligible to receive a $300 stipends. Graduate Education Credit will be available.

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Biotechnology: The Basics

July 16-20, 2018; 9am-4pm, lunch provided

This course is designed to introduce teachers to the fundamentals of biotechnology. The course will begin with a review of DNA structure and function. From there we will explore how different tools are used to investigate and analyze DNA.

Topics include DNA extraction, micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and bacterial transformation. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics and stem cells, develop your laboratory preparatory skills, and collaborate with other teachers to integrate biotechnology into your curriculum. If your knowledge of biotechnology is limited or you want to brush up on basic biotechnology techniques, this is the course for you!

Course Application: Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, all of whom are eligible to receive a $500 stipend. Graduate Education Credit will be available.

NOTE: There is a waiting list for this course. If you are interested in having your name added, please complete a registration form.

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Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics

July 23-27, 2018; 9am-4pm, lunch provided

This one week laboratory based course is designed for teachers to learn and practice advanced biotechnology techniques used in molecular biology.

Topics and laboratories include: gene expression & protein purification; microarrays; genetic identity testing using Short Tandem Repeats (STRs); immunology - antibody isolation and detection; bioinformatics; epigenetics; next generation sequencing, genomic editing, biofuels and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center; careers and training in biotechnology; developing coordinated and integrated lab activities and troubleshooting experiments; biotechnology and NASA.

In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics, develop laboratory preparatory skills, and collaborate with other teachers to integrate biotechnology into the curriculum. Throughout the course the relevance of all content and associated laboratory techniques to NASA projects will be emphasized.

Course Application: Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, all of whom are eligible to receive a $500 stipend. Graduate Education Credit will be available.

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HOTEL INFORMATION

The BTC Institute has negotiated rates with several area hotels. Please be sure to note that and ask for the corresponding rate when making your reservation. The Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham is offering our teacher course participants a special deal: $84 per night, with gift cards for dinner at both Tuscany Grill & The Thirsty Goat (nearby restaurants) included.

This is such a gift to teachers! It was nice to be treated as a professional. I love how the course is so practical. Many courses are only in theory and no application. I can take so many useful ideas with me. ”

- Sherry - 2017 course participant

This course was awesome! I loved moving from classroom to the lab (especially because that would also happen with our students). The material was relevant and very fun to learn.”

- Amanda -- 2017 course participant