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STEM Ed Announcement: Bio Ed. Upcoming Opportunties

 Dear Teachers:
  This email includes information about the following opportunities currently
  *         WPI Biotech Futures
  *         BioTeach Workshops
  *         SPOT Grants
  *         Summer Institute for Teachers
  *         Biotech Bootcamp for High School Students
  WPI BioTech Futures
  We are also pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the
 spring Biotech Futures events to be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)!
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8am-2pm  OR Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8am-2pm
  The goal of Biotech Futures is to demystify the college experience, expose
 students to diverse life sciences fields, and encourage students to pursue life
 sciences careers. Through Biotech Futures students and their teachers/guidance
 counselors visit university/college campuses, interact with science/technology
 faculty and students, and engage in a number of short laboratory experiences. The
 Biotech Futures program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is designed for high
 school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have demonstrated and/or expressed an
 interest in the life sciences. Recommended group size is  30-45 students per
 school, although we might be able to accommodate smaller and larger groups. We
 require that students be accompanied by at least one school representative. We
 highly recommend that guidance counselors participate in this event.
  To apply for the WPI Biotech Futures, please click here and upload the requested
 information. Schools will be notified by the beginning of April as to whether or
 not their school has been selected to participate.
  BioTeach Workshops
  Amherst, MA (UMass):
  Wednesday, March 16th 8:30am-4:00pm
  Learning by Doing: Explore genetically modified food through PCR
  Amherst, MA (UMass):
  Thursday, March 17th 8:30am-4:00pm
  Learning by Doing: Explore your personal genetics using PCR
  SPOT Grants
  Through support of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Fisher Scientific,
 MassBioEd has created a new equipment grant program, the SPOT Grant Program, for
 the 2015/2016 academic year. This program will provide teachers with a one-time
 grant of up to $3,500 to be used for equipment or lab consumables that support
 life sciences related laboratory activities. The equipment and reagents must be
 used to implement a specific laboratory or activity that provides students with an
 authentic, hands-on science experience. The lab or activity should be new to your
 students and, to the extent possible, highlight biotechnology tools and
 techniques. MassBioEdâ??s intention in creating this program is to award one grant
 per school to qualified applicants. A few more SPOT grants remain. We recommend
 attending one of the above workshops, as relevant to your grant, to receive the
 necessary training for implementing your grant activities. Click here to learn
 more and to apply!
  Summer Institute for Teachers
  Join us for a 5-day BioTeach Summer Institute focused on biotechnology and
 molecular biology techniques and lab activities. The workshop will be held Monday
 - Friday, July 25th - 29th at the UMass Amherst campus. 
  From Monday - Thursday, the program runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:30
 PM (three evenings, TBD). On Friday the program runs from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
 Parking and lunch will be provided for all participants. For residential
 participants, accommodations in a shared campus suite and light breakfast will
 also be provided.  In addition, a stipend of $75/day and the opportunity to earn
 up to 40 PDPs will be provided to attendees that participate fully in each dayâ??s
 activities.  Graduate credit is available for a fee to participants who complete
 the program. Whether commuting or residential, attendees must participate fully in
 each dayâ??s activities, including the mandatory evening sessions. 
  Activities include: Biotechnology lab skills and practice, visualizing molecular
 biology with models, plasmid identification, PCR amplification of human DNA and
 genotyping, testing of GMO foods using PCR, cloning and transformation to create
 recombinant microorganisms, and identification of recombinant microorganisms.
  You may apply by clicking here.
  Biotech Bootcamp for High School Students
  Biotech Bootcamp is a 5-day course designed for high school students interested in
 gaining hands-on research experience in molecular biology and biochemical
 techniques. The course will be held July 11-15 from 9AM - 4 PM. The cost of the
 program for non-residential students is $770 and includes lunch each day. A
 residential option that includes housing and a full meal plan is available at the
 cost of $1,272/students. A limited number of scholarships are available on the
 basis of financial need and academic merit. Please find attached the Biotech
 Bootcamp flyer for posting at your school. For more information about Biotech
 Bootcamp visit the webpage at http://www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.html
  We hope to see you at one of these events!
  If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.
  Thank you!
  Michelle Mischke and the BioTeach Team

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