Note: All in-person summer programs are cancelled for 2020. We are developing on-line options for teachers and will post details by mid-May.  Thank you.

Three summer courses will be offered in 2020 (see list below). 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 (available 1/15/20) for each course will include 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.

Biotechnology: Genetic Identity

To be offered: Summer, 2021

This 3-day laboratory-based course is designed to introduce teachers to the concepts and processes that are used in determining a person’s identity from the information contained in their DNA. Registrants will gain hands-on experience in extraction, quantification, and PCR-based interrogation of their own DNA, as well as an analysis of their own unique Short Tandem Repeat (STR) profile. We will also discuss additional current techniques and topics in genetic identify such as Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA testing, the use of DNA databases (law enforcement and open-source public) to manage identity information, and potential issues ranging from bioethics to contamination to chimerism. Throughout the course, we will discuss ways to bring your learning back to the classroom to share with your students. Registrants should have experience with micropipettes, gel electrophoresis, and knowledge of PCR (for example, completion of “Biotechnology: The Basics”).

Course Application: Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, all of whom are eligible to receive a $300 stipend. Graduate Education Credit will be available.

Biotechnology: The Basics

ON-LINE: July 20 - 24, 2020

NOTE: We are adapting this course to an ON-LINE format. More details soon.

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.

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Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics

To be offered Summer, 2021

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; 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.

I want to come back next year for the second 'round' and bring a friend. Seriously, the best PD [professional development] I have ever been part of.”

- Participant - 2019 Biotechnology: The Basics

This was such an incredible and mind-blowing and humbling experience! I feel like I won the lottery - FOR REAL. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

- Participant - 2019 Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics

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.