2018 Fall Conference

BABEC 2.0 – Curriculum Classics for the New Era!
Recap of the day’s activities

On September 8th, over 100 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. See the day’s full agenda here.

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.

Click on the links for slides from Keynote presentations by Jeff Schinske and Gianne Souza.

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.

Lunch and Learn featured 5 drop-in discussion tables giving attendees opportunities like talking with an NGSS expert, Biotech teaching strategies for English Language Learners, more resources for Scientist Spotlights, learning about BioSCOPE and talking about how to partner with BABEC.

Teachers got to take home free science supplies, while posing for photos with their goodies! 

Thanks to everyone who attended this years Fall Kickoff! It was an amazing day of learning, discussion and networking. And special thank you our sponsors for making this event possible.




Amanda Cherry
Paradise Valley HS
Phoenix, AZ

The curriculum materials are beautifully prepared and easy to understand-thanks for preparing such great resources that are easy to use.

Byron Gougoumis
Burton HS
San Francisco, CA

All Babec labs are well organised and modelled effectively with clear, helpful procedural instructions, easily transposed to the classroom.

Gianne Souza
Lincoln HS
San Francisco, CA

The online resources are SO well done! The best I have ever had. Very little modification to make them clear and easy to follow. I have done two BABEC lessons and they are so well made that they made teaching online fun again.

Heather Johnson
Burlingame HS
Burlingame, CA

When doing the BABEC labs I consistently hear students say they feel like "real scientists."

Marianne Gudmundsson
Glenbrook South HS
Glenview, IL

Well organized and scaffolded; flexible structure and can be used partially or as a whole. This unit can be used as is...superbly written and thought out...incorporates many skills and allows student collaboration and student choice/voice.

Rocky Ng
South San Francisco HS
South San Francisco, CA

Thank you for creating these curriculum materials. I am beyond grateful for the quality lessons, on-the-point figures/videos, and easy-to-navigate biotechnology curriculum.

Thi Ngo
Capuchino HS
San Bruno, CA

The level of support really made the whole process easier and encouraged me to continue incorporating biotech into my curriculum. Thank you for the live assistance during the labs and for responding to inquiries so promptly and with such urgency.

Anonymous Teacher

Really well thought out curricula. Great to see "old" activities that have been re-imagined with lots of consideration to NGSS.

Anonymous Teacher

This was the best educational workshop I have had the honor of attending, and I am so thankful.

Anonymous Teacher

Wonderfully executed. Strengthened my skills. Thank you!!

Anonymous Teacher

BABEC has such a strong positive impact on teachers and students - thank you for your amazing work!