Bio-ITEST Bioinformatics Advanced Summer Workshop

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 3:45pm - Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 1:00am
Shoreline Community College


Bio-ITEST Bioinformatics Advanced Summer Workshop

Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Research

Bio-ITEST Professional Development Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about the intersection of information technology and biological research?  Would you like to engage your high school students with an authentic genetic research project that uses the same bioinformatics resources used by scientists? NWABR is excited to present a bioinformatics professional development opportunity and curriculum, Bio-ITEST.


When: August 1-5 and 8-12, 2011


Where: Shoreline Community College, Shoreline WA, and the EdLab Group, Lynnwood, WA


Who: High school teachers, particularly those with advanced biology or biotechnology courses.  Prior bioinformatics experience is not required. 


What: Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Research is a two-week professional development experience for teachers to learn about both the Introductory and Advanced Strand Bio-ITEST lessons.  Teachers will receive training in the use of bioinformatics tools to analyze DNA sequences, perform multiple sequence alignments and explore protein structure.


Teachers will receive: $900 stipend (an additional $100 will be provided upon completion of the Bio-ITEST reunion in May 2012), clock hours free of charge, and the opportunity to purchase credits through Seattle University.


The program is funded by an Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Award from the National Science Foundation and is comprised of two different units or “Strands.” The Introductory Strand, Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing, utilizes bioinformatics resources to teach basic concepts in molecular biology. The Advanced Strand, Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Research, builds upon the introductory lessons by incorporating additional informatics resources and includes an authentic inquiry-based investigation specifically for advanced students.


Applications are open and are due April 1, 2011

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