Note: All in-person summer programs are cancelled for 2020. Thank you.

As indicated below, we intended to offer three summer courses in 2020 and hope to do so in Summer 2021. This summer, we are offering Biotechnology: The Basics on-line (details below). [NOTE: This course is now FULL]

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 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.

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 to support these efforts!

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

Re-designed as an on-line course that is laboratory-based, Biotechnology: The Basics is designed to introduce teachers to the fundamentals of biotechnology.

Topics include DNA extraction, micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzyme digestion, biofuels and careers and research in biotechnology. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss bioethics and genetic testing, which may include: stem cells, cloning, and genetic editing.

You will develop your laboratory preparatory skills, and collaborate with other teachers to integrate biotechnology into your curriculum, both in virtual and in-person formats. Throughout the course the relevance of content and associated laboratory techniques to NASA projects will be emphasized. If your knowledge of biotechnology is limited or you want to brush up on basic biotechnology techniques, this is the course for you!

Stipends of $500 are available and each registrant will receive one graduate education credit from Edgewood College, paid for by the BTC Institute, with the option to receive an additional credit paid for by the registrant.

In addition to grant support from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (noted above), we also wish to thank Embi Tec for loaning 6 electrophoresis systems and covering associated shipping costs, significantly supplementing what we can provide, so that all course participants have the opportunity to engage in associated hands-on lab activities.

At this time the course is full, if you are interested in being added to the waiting list, please email Barbara Bielec: barbara.bielec@btci.org

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.