Welcome to the InnovATEBIO 2023 series of virtual ATE project talks. This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.
Our speakers this week will talk about their experiences with developing curricula and educating both teachers and students in CRISPR technologies and Biotech-Careers.org, a resource for helping students learn about careers in biotechnology, as well as a new game for teaching about biotech companies.
Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Talk 1: Instructing CRISPR-based gene editing for technician training programs
Description: This collaborative project brings cutting-edge gene editing techniques and information to students being trained for technician positions. This helps reduce the barrier in learning this important and quickly developing field with a direct connection to local industry. In addition to the use of curricula at Delaware Tech, professional development workshops for community college faculty help to provide experiences for a national community.
Speakers: John McDowell, PhD, PI Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton, DE
Talk 2:Biotech-Careers student impacts and a new game for career exploration
Description: Biotech-Careers.org is a comprehensive resource for information about careers in biotechnology, companies, and jobs. In recent years, we have collaborated with faculty at the City College of San Francisco to survey students who use the site. Our preliminary data show a positive impact on student interest and attitudes towards working in biotechnology.
We will also introduce Biotechopoly™ Antibody Edition, a game we are developing that introduces careers in biotechnology careers and concepts in drug development.
Speaker: Sandra Porter, PhD, CoPI InnovATEBIO, President, Digital World Biology