Jamie Allison (Loveland High School) and Jeremy Grove (Cleveland Metropolitan Schools) have been chosen as BioRad Explorer Teacher Fellows, trained to share life science lessons using biotech techniques at local PD workshops. Examples of labs in their training included Fish DNA Barcoding, Biofuel Enzymes, ELISA, Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration (with algae beads), electrophoresis, and more.
Allison manages the Southwest Ohio BioScience Consortium (SWOBEC), comprised of biotech teachers all over Southwest Ohio. They put on competitions and activities for their students and would like to take these state-wide. Allison said, “This will allow me to do teacher training in the summer for schools and teachers starting biotech programs.”
Grove sees GrowNextGen as “an engaging source of curriculum and activities that connects the world of agriculture to students who normally do not engage with the industry other than eating food every day.” He is very appreciative of the support that the Ohio Soybean Council has provided to create the GrowNextGen network. “If we want to immerse consumers in the culture of agriculture, it begins with education at the basic level. GrowNextGen leads students from basic levels of understanding to a higher level of inquiry, and that is one of the most important missions we have in education.”
We’ll be bringing you updates about these BioRad teacher fellows, so stay tuned!