A significant part of HudsonAlpha’s outreach includes creating cutting-edge assets for educators, with a long-range vision of implementing programs that cultivate a robust and highly trained future biotechnology workforce. The Institute strives to meet those goals by creating engaging learning experiences that attract both students and teachers and also by minimizing barriers to access to these state-of-the-art resources.
The Annual Guidebook: Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications
Genetics, genomics and biotechnology are fast-paced and ever-changing fields with new discoveries occurring every day. To help educators stay up to date on these discoveries and learn how to bring them into the classroom, the HudsonAlpha Education Outreach team publishes an annual Biotechnology Guidebook. This Guidebook includes articles on foundational concepts as well as descriptions of new research discoveries. All articles are linked to the Alabama Course of Study for high school biology, genetics, AP biology and multiple career and technical education courses. These can easily be integrated with similar course objectives from other states and systems.
Each year the Guidebook is updated with new findings and applications, providing teachers a quick way to stay up to date and incorporate the latest research into classroom discussions.
In 2007, HudsonAlpha began a partnership with the Alabama Department of Education to develop modules and activities for middle and high school students connected to state curriculum requirements in genetics. Today, these kits annually reach over 50,000 Alabama students through the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative. Activities explore chromosome behavior in cells, diagnose genetic disorders and use bioinformatics databases to reinforce DNA structure and function. Recently, HudsonAlpha’s kits have been licensed to Carolina Biological Supply Company to promote and distribute to classrooms around the world.
Details about kit contents, costs and ordering instructions can be accessed on the Carolina Biological website.