BABEC 2.0 – Curriculum Classics for the New Era! 2018 Fall Kickoff, September 8th
On September 8th, over 80 high school teachers, community college instructors, high school/community college administrations and science education supporters from across the Bay Area gathered to network with their colleagues and learn about BABEC 2.0.
In addition to introducing the new team, BABEC rolled out its new curriculum framework. The curriculum updates include lesson plans, activity guides, lecture slides and other resources that are meant to be edited and adjusted for high school and community college instructors to help enhance their biotech instruction.
The Keynote presentation by Jeff Schinske highlighted using Scientist Spotlights in enhance students, demonstrating that anyone with the will and desire can practice science. Gianne Souza from Abraham High School spoke how she has adapted Scientist Spotlights for her high school students, showing data about the impact these exercises are having on increasing diversity in STEM.
In addition to an engaging Keynote, we hosted a discussion panel including teachers from across the Bay Area at various stages in their careers discussing NGSS, how the new standards have impacted their teaching and how they use BABEC curriculum to engage their students with the new framework.
Following the talks, participants had the option to either attend one of two concurrent workshops lead by BABEC Teachers-in-Residence Alton Lee and Michelle LaFevre-Bernt, or visit hands-on exhibits showcasing BABEC Getting Started with Lab Skills curriculum and DNA analysis with PCR lessons.