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. If after registering you discover you cannot make it to the workshop, please let us know 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 a 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. 5, 2014. 4-8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, 2014. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
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 or 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 to your knowledge base. Feel free to inquire through email.
Part B: Bringing PCR into the Biology Classroom
Fri., March 20, 2015 4-8 p.m. and Sat. March 21, 2015 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
This workshop is 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 applications of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Activities will include DNA purification, extensive background and experiences with PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis and an introduction to some of the bioinformatics skills and programs used to compare DNA and protein sequences. Training and support is on the PTC taster gene lab curriculum with extensions. Basic skills in micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis are required. Examples of proof of basic skills are:
Part C: Cloning DNA to Make Protein
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. Examples of proof of basic skills are:
Intro to Biotechnology: Lab Activities for Middle School Life Science or Basic High School Biology
This half-day workshop will give teachers an opportunity to introduce biotechnology to their students. This is a great way to garner interest in AP Biology classes or Biotechnology classes offered by the teacher's high school. Activities include DNA Extraction, Pipetting and Dye Electrophoresis. After this training, teachers have access to equipment and supplies to run lab 1 in the Amgen Biotechnology Experience program with extension labs included. Supplies and equipment check out during the school year is free. You are welcome to also join also us for the STI: The Amgen Biotechnology Experience. The workshop and four clock hours are provided for free.
Summer Teacher Intensive: The Amgen Biotechnology Experience
This three-day workshop takes you through the whole Amgen Biotechnology Experience. You will learn from the student perspective how genetic engineering has made a big impact on the medical field. Students will experience the process of biotechnology breakthroughs and Nobel prize techniques. From learning the basics in lab skills to recombining a red fluorescent protein, DNA electrophoresis, transformation and purification columns, students will see how biotechnology is leading the way to exciting opportunities for better health. If time allows, PCR will also be introduced by using the PTC Taster gene. After training, teachers are able to check out equipment and get the supplies and reagents necessary to run the whole or part of the ABE program with their classes. Everything needed for these labs is provided to the teacher for free. The workshop and 21 clock hours are provided for free.