Professional Development Workshops
For Middle and High School Science Teachers of Life Science, Biology, AP or Biotechnology
To register for a workshop please email Adrienne Houck, ABE Outreach Manager, with:
All workshops are first come, first served. Many workshops fill quickly. Please let us know, if after registering you can not make it, so others on the waiting list can be added.
ABC: Applications of Biotechnology in the Classroom: Three-Part Professional Development Workshop Series. A partnership between Shoreline Community College's Amgen Biotech Experience and Digital World Biology Designed to be taken individually or in series based on your needs and skills! All workshops will be held at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, WA.
Part A: : An Understanding of DNA: Making the Invisible Visible
Fri., Dec. 6, 2012. 4:00-8:00 PM. Sat., Dec. 7, 2013. 9:00AM-5:00PM
This introductory workshop is designed for middle school life sciences teachers and high school biology teachers who are new to working with DNA in the classroom. Activities include an introduction to micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis (separating molecules based on size), DNA extraction from cheek cells (purifying DNA that you can see), genomic DNA purification from cheek cells (purifying DNA that you can use in an experiment), and using bioethics how genetic information is impacting medical decisions. Teachers will also learn how to use the freely-available Cn3D program to help students visualize a variety of macromolecules. No prior experience required. If you have taken other biotechnology workshops in the past or are comfortable teaching about pipetting and gel electrophoresis, you are welcome to take this workshop but you might find part B and C would be better suited. Feel free to inquire through email.
FULL Part B: Bringing PCR into the Biology Classroom
Fri., Jan 31st, 2014. 4:00-8:00 PM. Sat., Feb. 1, 2014. 9:00AM-5:00PM
Designed for high school biology, biotechnology, marine biology or chemistry teachers who have experience with micropipetting, DNA extraction, and agarose gel electrophoresis and want opportunities to build on these skills while bringing authentic research experiences into their classrooms. This workshop introduces teachers to DNA barcoding, with activities including DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in depth usage of agarose gel electrophoresis, and basic bioinformatics skills. Basic skills in micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis required.
Part C: Cloning DNA to Make Protein
Friday - Saturday, June 27-28th, 2013. 9:00AM-5:00 PM daily.
For advanced middle or high school biology, biotechnology, marine biology or chemistry teachers who have experience with micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis (i.e. separating molecules by size). Teachers will learn how to clone DNA using enzymes and bacterial transformation, and then express and purify their cloned protein. Teachers will also receive training in bioinformatics and explore ways to infuse science career awareness into their classrooms. Basic skills in micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis required.1
FULL - BioRad Kits: BioFuels Enzyme and C.Elegans Behavior - Guest Presenter Damon Tighe, BioRad
First Bag Lunch Workshop Partnership: Jan 11th, 2014 10:00AM-3:00PM at Shoreline Community College
Another special guest: Jeff Shaver of Exo Labs: Focus Cameras for c.Elegan viewing.
The Biofuel Enzyme Kit measures the enzymatic activity of cellobiase (part of the cellulase family) and identifies the optimal conditions for the enzyme. The reaction of cellobiase breaking down cellobiose is important in the process of making cellulosic ethanol, which is an efficient, more sustainable fuel to replace petroleum. Students test and calculate the conversion rate of a sugar substrate (p–nitrophenyl glucopyranoside) to p–nitrophenol and glucose in the presence or absence of cellobiase.
C.Elegans Behavior Kit
This microscopic nematode is ideal for students to learn about subculturing so that
they can observe the life cycle and different stages of development of the worms.
Following life cycle observation, students will get the chance to understand how C. elegans can learn to associate salt with their food by monitoring chemotaxis. When wild-type C. elegans are fed food with salt they learn to associate their food with the salt. C. elegans are then able to sense salt in their environment and will chemotax towards the salt in search of food. A mutant affected in the daf-18 gene (and subsequently the AIY and ASE neurons) results in a worm that is not able to learn to associate the salt with the food. While the mutant C. elegans are able to chemotax, their inability to associate their food to a salty environment results in no migration towards salt in a chemotaxis assay.
1For example, participation in the introductory workshop, "An Understanding of DNA" (above), NWABR's advanced bioinformatics workshop, the Science Education Partnership (SEP), or the Amgen Biotech Experience summer program for teachers.