Nineteen high school teachers from around the greater Seattle area, from Snohomish to Olympia, participated in the 4th Annual Amgen Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program run by David Paul, a biotechnology lab technician at Shoreline Community College.
The Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program is an educational outreach program that provides equipment, curriculum assistance and supplies to high schools and colleges. The Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program engages students from diverse backgrounds in learning molecular biology using relevant curricula, tools and techniques. It exposes students to the wide range of career opportunities in science. Aligned with National and State Science Education Standards, the program supports the goal of achieving scientific literacy. (This information was taken from the Amgen-Bruce Wallace web site. http://www.bwbiotechprogram.com/aboutus.php).
Shoreline Community College was the only college in the Puget Sound area to receive funding for the Amgen program and Paul and Outreach Coordinator Adrienne Houck invited high schools from around the area to participate.
Aligned with the new science standards in Washington state, the Amgen Bruce Wallace program provides all of the equipment, chemicals, consumables and reagents to perform eight multi-day cohesive labs from pipetting to transformation of bacteria to purification of the protein. Participating faculty can check the kits out throughout the year and provide this to all of their students (which is many times 150 students per teacher). With enough supplies to run lab groups of two in the high schools, students get first-hand experience of concepts in biotechnology and the techniques done by technicians in the field.
Shoreline Community College’s Biotechnology Program’s technician, David Paul, works closely with the instructors to help support them in incorporating the curriculum into existing curricula. Paul will also be available to help instructors with the kits.
Outreach Coordinator, Adrienne Houck, plans to schedule classroom visits as a resource on biotechnology careers and career pathways. Houck will take her own hands-on lab activities to the schools. “I hope to inspire students to engage in this important field in our lives and our community,” Houck said.