Academy Of Biotechnology At Northwest High School

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Presentation for The Bioscience Academy Forum, Colorado, August 2009

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  • 1. ACADEMY OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AT NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL Dina Link Coordinator, Academy of Biotechnology Teacher, Biology and Molecular Biotechnology
  • 2. Agenda
    • Speaker’s Background
    • Context for the Program
      • State & County
      • Career Education Programs
      • Northwest High School
    • The Program
      • Description
      • Resources
      • Challenges
  • 3. About the Speaker
    • BS in Microbiology
    • 2 ½ years research bench technician
    • 11 years in the Biotechnology Industry in technical support and Marketing
    • MA in Education
    • Currently in the 8th year of teaching science at Northwest High School
      • County-wide Curriculum development: Molecular Biotechnology Course; 7 th grade Investigations in Science
      • Coordinator of Academy of Biotechnology @ NWHS
    • Awaiting status for National Board Certification
  • 4. Introduction to MCPS
    • Montgomery County Public Schools
      • One of 24 school districts in the state of Maryland
      • 16 th largest school system in the US
      • With 139,000 students it is the largest in Maryland
        • 130 elementary schools
        • 38 Middle schools
        • 25 High Schools
        • 1 Career and Technology Center
        • 5 Special or Alternative Schools
  • 5. Career and Technology Education in MCPS
    • Vision
      • Combine rigorous academic and technical study with the excitement of discovery through small learning communities and career-theme programs .
      • With the support of the business and higher education communities, students will apply their acquired skills and knowledge to make informed decisions concerning education, careers, and a path toward lifelong learning.
  • 6. Career Pathways
    • CTE programs organized in Career “clusters”
    • Current offerings:
      • Arts & Communication
      • Bioscience and Medicine
      • Business
      • Construction and Development
      • Education & Training
      • Engineering & Manufacturing
      • Environmental Resources
      • Hospitality
      • Information Technology
      • Law & Government
  • 7. Career Pathway Programs
    • Fastest-Growing Professions 2006-2016
      • Finance
      • Health Care
      • Information Technology/Engineering
      • Personal Services
      • Social/Human Services
    • Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • 8. Career Pathway Programs
    • MCPS Model:
      • Rigor + Relevance + Relationships = ENGAGEMENT
  • 9. Career Pathway Programs
    • Impact of Model Implementation
        • Relevance inspires academic Rigor …
        • Credentialing on the rise
        • Advanced placement participation increasing
        • Math choices more rigorous
        • More students with four science credits
        • Internship quality/quantity increasing
    • My internship was the most enlightening and helpful experience I have had in my 13 years in MCPS.
    • AOF Student
  • 10. Career Pathway Programs
    • 2007 Wage Data – 2001 MCPS Graduates
    Source: 2007 Lifelong Learning and Earning Six-year Study
  • 11. Career Pathway Programs
    • Goal 1: Ensure Success for Every Student
      • MCPS Strategic Plan, Our Call to Action
    • By 2014…
    • Thirty percent of all MCPS graduates will complete a Career Pathway Program (CPP).
    • Of the graduates completing a CPP, 80 percent will be prepared for college and careers (dual completion).
  • 12. Career Pathway Programs
    • Impact of Model Implementation
    • Dual completion students…
    • Graduate from college more often
    • Graduate in less time
    • Obtain better paying jobs
    • Source: 1999 and Preliminary 2007 MCPS Lifelong Learning and Earning Six-year Stud
  • 13. Career Clusters
  • 14. Biosciences & Medicine Career Pathway Programs Career Pathway Program Number of MCPS HS Offering Academy of Health Professions 2 Biotechnology 3 Biotechnology – Project Lead the Way Model 1 Medical Careers/ Health Management 3 Medical Careers/ Physical Therapist
  • 15. Biotechnology
    • Students are officially enrolled in the program in their Junior Year; 4 credit hours min. for completion
    • Recommended foundation courses in 9 th and 10 th grade
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
    • Honors level suggested, but not required; case-by-case judgment
  • 16. Biotechnology Program Completion Requirements
  • 17. Biotechnology
    • Benefits
    • Articulation agreement with Montgomery College for up to five credits
    • AP college credit options
    • Student internship opportunities ex. HHMI and CARB
    • DNA Resource Center- professional development, reagents
  • 18. Biotechnology Models in MCPS
    • Career and Technology Center
        • 11 th & 12 th Grade Students from multiple home schools
        • ½ day instruction in recreated “real-world” setting
    • Wall-to-Wall Academy High School
        • All Students ID Preferred Academy in 10 th Grade
        • Home School – all courses in the same building
        • Biotechnology course in standard HS science classroom
    • Voluntary Smaller Learning Community
        • Imbedded within a traditional comprehensive HS
        • Students choose as rising 9 th , 10 th or 11 th graders
        • Core classes in 11 th & 12 th grade
        • Biotechnology course in standard HS science classroom
  • 19. NWHS at a Glance
    • 08/09 enrollment: 2025 students
      • Diversity profile:
        • 35.7% white, 30.6% AA, 16.8% Hisp., 16.6% Asian, 0.3% Nat. Am
      • Special Programs:
        • 13.4% SPED, 16.2% FARMS, 0.1% ESOL
      • Graduation Rate: 90.6%
      • Honors/AP Enrollment: 74.1 %
      • % Meeting USMD Entrance Requirements: 78.1%
  • 20. NWHS Small Learning Community Options
    • Ulysses Project Experience – Signature Program
    • Academy of Biotechnology
    • National Academy of Finance
    • Academy of Commercial and Fine Arts
    • CISCO Networking Academy
    • Academy of Child Development and Studies
  • 21. Northwest High School Academy of Biotechnology
    • Small Learning Community Model
      • Est. in 2003/2004 School Year
      • 07/08 Graduating Class: 11 students
      • 08/09 Graduating Class: 14 students
      • Current membership: ~125 students, 9 th to 12 th grade
      • 09/10 Mol Bio enrollment: 25 students
  • 22. Academy Goals = CTE Vision
    • Rigor
      • Molecular Biotechnology Course:
        • Advanced level credit
        • Aligns with local Community College “Intro to Biotechnology” course
          • A grade of B or better gives equivalent college course credit
      • AP Science encouraged
    • Relationship
      • Academy science course sections
      • Student Association
    • Relevance
      • Embedded Career exploration
      • Guest speakers
      • Field Trips
      • Internships
  • 23. Rigor
    • Molecular Biotechnology Course: Nine Units of Study
    Unit Description 1 Biotechnology; Past, Present, and Future 2 Essential Lab Skills and Safety 3 Cell Structure and Function Review 4 Macromolecule Structure and Function 5 Proteins 6 Nucleic Acids 7 Protein Synthesis and Gene Regulation 8 Molecular Technology 9 Legal, Ethical and Funding Issues in Biotechnology
  • 24. Rigor – Techniques & Technologies
    • Team work – lab groups and lab group meetings
    • Maintaining a professional lab notebook
    • Scientific Communication
    • Lab Safety
    • Lab Math – making solutions
    • Common lab equipment
    • Pipetting – micro and macro
    • Sterile technique
    • Maintaining cell cultures
    • Transformation
    • DNA extractions
    • Gel electrophoresis: protein & DNA
    • Restriction enzyme analysis
    • Protein crystallography
    • PCR
    • ELISA
    • Microarray
    • Microscopy
    • Sequencing
    • Bioinformatics
  • 25. Relationship
    • Scheduling & Tracking
      • Academy-designated sections for all foundation courses
      • Double Period for 11 th Grade core course
      • Students tracked in central database
  • 26. Relationship
    • Student Association
      • Membership from 9 th to 12 th grade
      • Student-led: Officers voted in yearly
      • Responsibilities:
        • Hold Monthly membership meetings
        • Fundraising
        • ID and research Guest Speaker and Field Trip opportunities
        • Plan and run Graduation Celebration
        • Keep Academy Members informed of specific events and opportunities in the school and surrounding community
        • Assist in recruitment activities
  • 27. Relevance
    • Embedded activities
      • Lab meeting topics – tied to current applied research for each Unit of study
      • Biotech Company Research Project – semester long
    • Community connections
      • Year-long Internships strongly encouraged
        • MCPS/NIH/HHMI program: Open to any MCPS student; competitive
        • Center for Advanced Research & Biotechnology: Open to CTE students first; competitive
        • School-based CTE Internship Coordinator: Works with community contacts
  • 28. Relevance
    • Field Trips
      • National Library of Medicine
      • MedImmune
      • Koshland Science Museum
      • National Aquarium: behind-the-scenes tour
      • Maryland Science Museum
      • Montgomery College
      • MDBio Mobile Lab
  • 29. Resources
    • County Curriculum: teacher developed and available on Blackboard
      • Blackboard
    • Primary Text: Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, by Ellyn Daugherty
      • Author's resource page
    • Secondary Text : DNA Science: A First Course, Second Edition, by By David A. Micklos
      • Dolan Resource Center resources
    • Supplements: NIH Office of Ed. & free web resources
      • NIH Curriculum Supplements
      • HHMI Biointeractive Lecture Series
      • U of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center
      • U of Az Biology Project
  • 30. Resources
    • Equipment
        • Initial lab set-up: Federal Perkins Grant
        • Annual small equipment purchases – outside grants administered by CTE Division
        • Donations: Montgomery College & local businesses
    • Consumables
        • DNA Resource Center
          • HHMI funded program housed within MCPS
          • Free materials: DNA extraction, mock Fingerprinting, RE digest, transformations, plasmid extraction & purification, mock microarray, PCR
        • Science department purchases
          • Preferred vendors: Edvotek, BioRad, Carolina
  • 31. Recruitment
    • NWHS Small Learning Community brochure
      • Distributed to MS Counselors and Science RTs
      • Incoming 9 th grade parents
      • Back-to-School Night
    • Application for Special Program Participation
      • Completed with Course Registration
      • Rising 9 th , 10 th or 11 th grade
    • School Web Site
    • Direct to students during registration period – Slide Presentation
  • 32. Biotechnology Academy at Northwest High School
    • Experience the Future!
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 33. Does this sound like you?
    • Fascinated by heredity and the human genome
    • The molecular workings of the cell intrigue you
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 34. Is this you, continued
    • The tools of microbiology, forensic science and the research lab appeal to you
    • A desire to understand how genetic engineering will effect your future.
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 35. What do we do? Bacteria Cell Culture DNA Electrophoresis Protein Electrophoresis ELISA detection Recruitment Presentation
  • 36. Hands-On Labs Recruitment Presentation
  • 37. Field Trips Recruitment Presentation
  • 38. Present Research Recruitment Presentation
  • 39. Make Friends and Have Fun! Recruitment Presentation
  • 40. Program Goals
    • Develop & refine lab and research skills
    • Encourage development and refinement of scientific, investigative and reporting techniques
    • Improve skills through hands-on problem-solving and computer simulation activities
    • Expand awareness of possible career choices in the fields of biotechnology
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 41. Benefit to you
    • Earn college credit in High School (a B or better required)
    • Learn employment skills needed for rewarding careers
    • Work in a hands-on state-of-the-art lab environment
    • Work with others who have similar interests
    • Learn how biotechnology is applied in medical, agricultural, forensic, environmental and business research
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 42. When can you join the academy?
    • Check off “Academy of Biotechnology” on your registration card .
    • Meet the academic requirements to take Honors Biology in 9 th Grade.
      • A in 8th grade Science and
      • B or better in 8th grade math
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 43. When can you join the academy?
    • Now!
      • Current 9 th graders can register for Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry or both (if you qualify)
      • Current 10th graders who have completed Biology and are ready for honors work
    • Current 11 th graders who want the Molecular Biotech experience, if space is available, are welcome
    Recruitment Presentation
  • 44. Challenges
    • Funding – no budget allocation!
    • Administrative time – Coordination is not given extra planning time
    • Scheduling – Students struggle to keep time in their schedule for the DP MolBio course
    • Enrollment – can vary drastically year to year
    • Internships – Biotech businesses won’t give HS internships
  • 45. Rewards
    • Student Testimonials
    • “ As a member of the academy, I received unique insight on modern branches of science, such as genetics and the role of molecules in sustaining life. I also had the opportunity to visit various institutions and learn of current projects in the field of biotechnology,” Megh
    • In Molecular Biology, I had loved all the labs, but my favorite one was when we were testing the effect of the “ampicilin resistant gene” in bacteria. It was pretty interesting to observe, how easily we had inserted or modified the gene of the E. Coli bacteria just with the help of test tubes and pipets,” Sachi
  • 46. Rewards