We proudly introduce our intern, Kiera Chiu, a talented incoming junior from Aragon High School, who will be attending the Middle College Program at College of San Mateo this coming fall. She is driven by an innate interest in the complexity of science and loves to learn how parts work together, as well as the process of how we discover and figure things out.

She recalls a photosynthesis experiment in which she predicted a corn plant would not grow in the dark, only to find that it had sprouted due to the starch in the seed. “The more I learn, the more my mind gets blown!”


After enrolling in Biotech 1 at Aragon, Kiera discovered a whole new world of possibilities in the application of biology. She recalls BABEC’s Micropipetting Activities being a novel and fun experience that encouraged her interest in the world of biotech. Her determination to dive deeper led her to apply to the BABEC internship program, where she secured a spot for the summer.

Since joining the BABEC team in June, Kiera has been actively engaged in a wide range of tasks from organizing the warehouse and assembling kits, to making reagents and positive controls for various labs. The experience at BABEC has introduced her to new lab techniques and equipment such as PCR, which led her to draw connections to COVID PCR testing. Kiera spoke animatedly about seeing how the concepts she learned in AP Biology are used in real-world applications in biotechnology.

Outside the laboratory, Kiera is a multi-faceted individual with diverse interests. She finds joy in dance, hockey, lacrosse, baking, reading, and crochet. Among her passions, hip hop dance holds a special place, as it allows her to express herself freely through movement. Freestyling in particular has helped Kiera push the boundaries of her more reserved nature by forcing her to step outside of her comfort zone and embrace the unknown.

When asked about her future aspirations, Kiera shares that she intends to continue exploring her love for science by taking more science-related courses and keeping her options open for a career in the field of biology. A scientist at heart, Kiera embraces challenges with enthusiasm, curiosity, and a commitment to continuous improvement. We are delighted to have her as a part of our team at BABEC and look forward to witnessing her journey of exploration and growth.

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!