Journey of an Intern

Kitty Mei earned three positions in three years at BABEC beginning as the intern. Three years ago, the Bay Area Bioscience Education Community (BABEC) offered an internship position to Kitty Mei. Kitty had recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Global Studies and two certificates from City College of San Francisco –

Bay Area Teachers Learn a Fun Way of Teaching DNA at the BABEC Training Workshop

Teaching lessons on DNA, genetics, race and ancestry could be a make it or break it moment in front of high school students. There is that lost look in the students’ eyes that inevitably leads to boredom when teachers dive deeper into cytology and molecular biology. Or there is the sensitivity of bringing up race

BABEC Fall 2019 Conference Convenes Over 100 Bioscience Educators and Stakeholders

On Saturday, September 28th, 104 high school and community college bioscience educators and stakeholders from across the Bay Area and other parts of California attended the BABEC Fall Conference at Skyline College in San Bruno, sponsored by the California Community Colleges. Conference attendees came from San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin

BABEC Named the Nonprofit Beneficiary of the 2019 Genentech Gives Back Benefit Concert

Genentech hosted their 10th annual Genentech Gives Back Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 22 at Oracle Park and BABEC was the event’s nonprofit beneficiary. Genentech employees and partner organizations celebrated their volunteerism with the music of Trombone Shorty, Charli XCX and the legendary, multi-time Grammy award winner, Stevie Wonder.  In addition to the incredible line-up of musical

Genentech Employees Aliquoted Chelex into 6000+ Tubes for High School Students

All hands on deck!  For the 10th year, Genentech Gives Back Week took place during the third week of June. During the week, Genentech employees volunteered for causes they care about. On June 21, BABEC set up a pop-up lab on Genentech’s campus to host a group activity for volunteers to get their help assembling

NexGeneGirls Hosts 3rd Annual Boot Camp for the Summer 2019 Cohort

NexGeneGirls hosted their 3rd annual Boot Camp for the Summer 2019 cohort of NexGeneGirls on Saturday, April 27th at City College of San Francisco – Mission Center.  Eleven Bay Area female high school students ranging from grades 10 to 12 reported to Boot Camp to learn lab techniques in biotechnology from CCSF instructor Dr. Carin Zimmerman

BABEC Brings Work-Based Learning to Over 1500 Students During SFUSD Biotech Week

“Tell me something that you enjoy,” Violet Votin, Clinical Research Scientist at Machaon Diagnostics asked the 1st period biology class at Galileo High School on Friday, March 22. “I like the satisfaction of solving problems,” replied the 9th grader. Votin suggested that a career in bioscience might be an interesting career for the avid problem

Workshop Recap: Promoting the Next Generation of Genetic Engineers

Bacterial Transformation & Protein Purification for All Levels of Students! On Saturday November 3, 2018 twenty-eight teachers from across the bay gathered to get a sneak-peak of our new NGSS update to this introductory biotech activity for all levels of students. Attendees were excited about the variety of offerings for this lab. BABEC now offers

Fall 2018 Kickoff

Saturdays are precious for so many of us! Following a full work week, we need downtime to recharge and prepare for the work ahead; we like to spend time doing fun activities with family & friends. So it’s telling that even though the BABEC Fall Kickoff was on a Saturday, we had a packed house