The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $20.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.
Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:
Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:
Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:
Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.
Level-V This workshop keeps the graduates of TRA engaged with LLNL to keep their content skills up-to-date. They will attend a half-day workshop on Real-Time PCR at LLNL. A web-based seminar will provide reinforcement to the workshop instruction. The teachers will bring up to 5 students to LLNL for a workshop where they will teach their students with LLNL instructors available for support. This workshop requires a $10.00 registration fee. The registration fee is used to provide hospitality for the workshop. Prerequisite to participate is completion of Level II, or equivalent. Instructors will determine equivalency of applicants. This workshop is not offered in 2013.
Level-VI - Student Scholars Program (SSP) The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Student Scholars Program (SSP) teaches modern molecular genetics to high school students by engaging them in genuine scientific research. SSP is offered in collaboration with the Rutgers University's Waksman Institute. High school teachers who have completed Level II of the TRA in biotechnology may apply to participate in this authentic molecular biology student research program.