Program Overview - Teachers

    Support for this program
    is provided by the USDA.
Tuskegee University, in collaboration with Iowa State University and support from the USDA, is offering 7th - 12th grade teachers an intensive, hands-on workshop in molecular biotechnology and genomics as applied to agriculture. This 6-day workshop (Sunday, June 14, 2015 – Friday, June 19, 2015) provides teachers with an opportunity to gain vital design, methodology and analysis research training within the context of molecular biology, biotechnology and genomics, which may be applied to their core curriculum.

Teachers will be provided the opportunity to work with career scientists from Tuskegee University and Iowa State University to learn about the latest technological developments in these areas. Teachers will be challenged to strengthen and modernize their current knowledge, curriculum content, laboratory techniques, learning activities and student outcomes within the STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning module. Practical applications during hands-on laboratory preparation and instruction will help to achieve this goal. Teachers are encouraged to actively engage in the workshop and acquire tools which will make them more successful educators to provide students with the necessary skills and tools in their path to continuing their education (e.g. college, specialized training) and establishing their career. Teachers will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the 6-day workshop.

Program Goals and Objectives:

(1) To provide teachers with a background and first-hand experience in the design, methods, and analysis of research associated with molecular biotechnology and genomics;
(2) To introduce teachers to the value of scientific inquiry in the context of molecular biology, biotechnology and genomics;
(3) To provide teachers with the tools, experience, and ongoing relationships with career scientists and with fellow teachers, that will enable them to share with their 7th-12th grade students the latest developments in molecular biology, biotechnology and genomics and inspire their students with a desire to learn more about science and the scientific career path.