Leaders: Kerry Kline, Chris Resch and Allan Powe

Dates: Oct 16, 23, and 30 (9am-3pm each)

Location: DNA Learning Center at City Tech (62 Tillary Street, Brooklyn, NY), and access via Zoom.

“Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields of science.  The importance of the field cannot not be understated within the context of our COVID reality.  In 2020 alone investments for biotechnology companies has sky-rocketed to over $20 billion dollars in 2020, compared to 3.4 billion in 2011.  This growth highlights the need for students to become familiar with some of the basics of what biotechnology is, and what it can and could allow us to do.  But how do we do that in the science classroom?

In this workshop series, we will explore how biotechnology can be integrated into your living environment or life sciences curriculum. As the application of technology to benefit human life, Biotechnology can include the use of living systems for research and development of products, genetic engineering and more. Together, we’ll discuss strategies for how biotechnology can be  used as a jumping off point for many different concepts:  engineering and design thinking, equity and inclusion, and scientific inquiry.   The conversations will all happen within the context of performing NGSS aligned, ready to use labs, that exemplify fundamental techniques used by biotechnologists.  High school and interested middle school science teachers across disciplines.”