BABEC is proud to be a founding member of a new program sponsored by Genentech to expand and scale its Futurelab program. Futurelab+ is a STEM education initiative that supports all K-12 students in the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) and gets them excited to learn about science, improves their college readiness and inspires them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Phase II of Futurelab+ is the design and execution of a brand new high school biotech curriculum, which includes science teacher professional learning experiences and biotechnology community/industry engagement opportunities.  This initiative has three key strategies: 1) Design and deploy new and innovative high school biotechnology content to support all learners, especially those from underrepresented groups; 2) Train and retain high school science educators; and 3) Engage the broader biotechnology community and industry to provide education and career exploration opportunities to students and educators. 

The Futurelab Scaling Initiative (FSI) is a collaborative effort with multiple partners that span the science education spectrum, and has both local and a national input. The goal is to empower and support a community of educators and biotech community and industry leaders to bring industry-aligned opportunities to all students, providing greater and more equitable access to explore and engage in a vast range of biotechnology skills and careers.

This work is in its early stages; stay tuned for more updates. 

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!