Solving the math problem - strategies for teaching biotech math

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Description:  Students often struggle to perform the math calculations required in biotechnology classes and jobs. It is therefore common for students, teachers, and employers to think that these students can’t “do” math. In reality, average students have the math skills required to perform the majority of commonplace biotechnology calculations. But they have difficulty finding and applying appropriately the math tools they possess. In our upcoming webinar on October 14th, a biotechnology instructor and a math instructor will come together to talk about strategies to help students develop the skills and confidence they need to solve math-related challenges. We will provide specific examples of how we each think and approach performing and teaching calculations.  (Spoiler alert: we do not always approach biotechnology math in the same way.)

Presenters:  Dr. Lisa Seidman and Rodney Null.


High School Math Pathways : this web page has descriptions of new high school mathematics pathways from the Ohio Department of Education. You can find these toward the bottom of the path.The pathways described here include:

  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning
  • Algebra 2
  • Data Science Foundations
  • Discrete Mathematics / Computer sciece
  • Statistics and Probability
  • A Calculus Based STEM pathway

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