Biotechnology: the basics — July 25 – 29, 2022
Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics — July 11-15, 2022 — FULL

We are at capacity for Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics. If you would like to be put onto a waiting list, please contact info@btci.org.

Proof of vaccination will be required for all participants. We realize that these are uncertain times with the pandemic and if public health guidelines change in the interim, we may have to offer the Basic course virtually and cancel Beyond the Basics. We appreciate your willingness to participate and be flexible during these challenging times.

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we are planning for both courses to be held in-person for summer 2022 – Please see the details 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 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.

Many thanks to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, a member institution of the national network of Space Grant Consortia funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, for Aerospace Outreach Program funding over the years to support these efforts, as well as to our corporate sponsor, Promega Corporation!

We also offer a listing of Resources for Biotechnology Education.

Biotechnology: The Basics

July 25 - 29, 2022; 9AM-4PM

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), bacterial transformation, biomanufacturing, and NASA and biotechnology. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics and stem cells, careers and training in biotechnology and biomanufacturing, 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 16 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 - FULL

July 11 - 15, 2022; 9AM-4PM

We are at capacity for this course. If you would like to be put onto a waiting list, please contact btci@btci.org.

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; genetic identity testing using Short Tandem Repeats (STRs); immunology - antibody isolation and detection; DNA sequencing; bioinformatics; genomic editing; biofuels; biomanufacturing; biotechnology and NASA; developing coordinated and integrated lab activities and troubleshooting experiments; careers and training in biotechnology and biomanufacturing.

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 16 participants, all of whom are eligible to receive a $500 stipend. Graduate Education Credit will be available.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Blocks of hotel rooms are reserved at the Wyndham Garden ($89/night) and the Hawthorne Suites ($99/night). Be sure to ask for the BTC Institute rate and, if necessary, make shuttle arrangements at the time of booking. These hotels are close to the BTC Institute (between 1-2 miles) and numerous restaurants, a grocery store and other businesses.  If you’re interested, here’s a complete listing of area hotels that offer BTC Institutes rates: Hotels – BTCI

All of the experiments were excellent - useful. straightforward, and I could implement them immediately!”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant

Awesome! I feel this gave me some specifics that I can use to communicate vital information with my students.”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant

This was such a valuable week. I would recommend this workshop to any colleague interested in this topic.”

- Biotechnology: The Basics -- 2021 in-person participant