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Introductory Biotechnology Workshop for High School Teachers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In June, the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) ran a one-week workshop to introduce high school teachers to the basic concepts of biotechnology.  Eighteen area teachers participated in the workshop, which focused on sharing ways to integrate the teaching of biotechnology into the high school curriculum according to the NC Essential Standards for Biology.  The program, funded through a $25,220 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, was organized by Dr. Dennis Kubasko, Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of CESTEM, Joseph Covi, Biology and Marine Biology, and Christopher Gordon, Assistant Director of CESTEM.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, established by Governor Jim Hunt in 1984, is the oldest organization of its kind in the world.  The goal was to grow jobs to replace those lost in eroding tobacco, textile and furniture markets.  Today North Carolina is among the top-three states in bioscience employment, with 237,000 jobs and $59 billion in annual business volume.