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Can we make the world a better place to live? Biotechnology can!



Can you imagine if you would live in a world that had only one color of flowers? Or, in a world in which you could not wear your favorite faded look denim jeans? Or, perhaps, a world in which you would have to eat your favorite pasta without cheese? These are just some examples of products that have been genetically engineered using biotechnology approaches.

In this biotechnology workshop, you will learn basic techniques that that will turn learning into a fun and more interesting experience for your students. You will learn how to extract DNA from different organisms, how to perform DNA analysis using electrophoresis, manipulate restriction enzymes, transform cells with a foreign DNA, apply the principles of the polymerase chain reaction, and many different applications of biotechnology to several fields of biology.

Dr. Ana Garcia (a former researcher) will show you how to start a Biotechnology program at your school, and how you can incorporate hands-on projects in your instruction. The activities you will perform will support the high school 9-12 TEKs, and will provide students with a better understanding of the basic biology concepts. Remember, students learn what they see!

At the completion of this training, you will feel more prepared to go back to your campus and engage your students on actual biotechnology experiments. With hands-on projects, students will make connections between what is taught and what they experience outside of the classroom. As a result, students will achieve the college readiness objectives more efficiently, and in turn, they will make better career choices. Ultimately, this experience will inspire your students to become scientists of the future generations to come.


What You Take Home

  • Experience of participating in a variety of biotechnology laboratory experiments
  • Lesson ideas for biotechnology implementation
  • Instructional resources
  • Strategies on how to start a biotechnology program at your school
  • List of grant funding agencies
  • Texas College and Career Readiness Standards Booklet
  • 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University ($30 if requested)
  • 24 hours Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit
  • 12 hours of content qualify as Gifted and Talented Education credit

About the Instructor

Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia, Ph.D. majored in Agricultural Engineering as an undergraduate, and obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at University of Brasilia, Brazil. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, she moved to the US and joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a postdoctoral fellow. Genomic instability and cancer in mice and fruit flies were the main focus of her postdoctoral training. The results of her research career were published in several outstanding scientific journals.

Recently, she obtained her certification in Life Science 8-12 at Wayland Baptist University. Currently, Dr. Garcia teaches Advanced Biotechnology and Forensics at Frenship High School. Continuing to apply what she has learned, her career goals are to help others experience the joy of learning and to inspire young scientists to discover their passion for science.


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Registration Form

  • Email registration form to jana.winter@ttu.edu
  • Registration Deadline - June 2nd
  • Fee: No charge for this workshop,
    but registration is required to attend
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • Meals and lodging on your own
  • June 23-26, 2014
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Daily Instruction
  • Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: TBA
  • Field Trip to Applied Biotech Industry Laboratory
  • Focus on Grade Levels: 9-12