National Science Foundation Projects

.BABEC is part of the leadership team of InnovATEBIO, the new National Center for Biotechnology Education, funded by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) arm of the National Science Foundation (NSF). We lead two different hubs: Supply Chain BioManufacturing Hub and  High School Pathways Hub.

Award Description / Grant Period: Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2024

BABEC leads the Biotechnology Supply Chain Operations Project for Education (BioSCOPE), a collaborative project between several community college biotechnology programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Award Description / Grant Period: Oct. 1 2023 – Sept. 30, 2026

In collaboration with Skyline College and local high schools, this project seeks to increase diversity and address the shortage of biotechnology workers by fostering interest and providing opportunities for high school students from underrepresented communities to pursue biotechnology studies through hands-on activities, internships, and mentorship programs, supported by instructional videos.

Award Description / Grant Period: May 1, 2023-July 31, 2025

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!