As part of the National Science Foundation funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) is committed to creating awareness of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, building industry relevant curricula and strengthening the STEM pipeline from high school to college to job placement. To help fulfill this role, NBC2 provides two main types of resources that high school teachers can use to incorporate biotechnology into their classrooms, teach students about STEM career pathways, and encourage students to pursue college degrees leading to careers in STEM fields
Protein is Ca$h workshops were developed by NBC2 to introduce the concepts of biotechnology to high school educators in a hands-on setting, and to provide information about biotechnology and biomanufacturing career pathways.
During the workshop, educators are introduced to the concepts of biotechnology and biomanufacturing by conducting a series of experiments on the expression, purification and analysis of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). Lab activities include bacterial transformation, purification by column chromatography and SDS-PAGE analysis of GFP. Instructional materials for the workshop include a laboratory manual and Powerpoint presentations for the lab activities, and information about the specific kits used in the workshop.
In April 2019, NBC2 hosted a STEM Career Pathways Conference to give high school teachers and counselors an opportunity to engage with industry professionals to gain insight about current and emerging technologies, hear about successful STEM career pathways, and learn about rewarding and in-demand careers. NBC2 has assembled a variety of resources to aid high school teachers and students in learing how they can fabricate their academic pathway to ensure they are able to pursue an exciting career in STEM.
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