Biotechnology Day Shows High School Students Biotech Opportunities

Biotechnology Day Shows High School Students Biotech Opportunities

Biotech Day

Hands-on science activities, lab tours and a panel discussion with Northwestern science students introduce opportunities in biotechnology to 100 Chicago and Evanston high school students who visit Northwestern's campus for Biotechnology Day. The October 6 event was organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).

During a full day of activities designed to heighten awareness of biotechnology, the high school students heard from a panel of Northwestern science students about educational planning and study in biotech fields. High school students came from five different schools — Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Solorio Academy, Von Steuben Metro Science Academy and Evanston Township High School.

The event acquaints high school science students with education and career opportunities in biotechnology — a field with numerous high-demand careers including lab technician, academic researcher and industry scientist. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to be exposed to a college campus and activities focused on biotechnology,” says Amy Pratt, associate director of OSEP.

The following sessions at Norris Student Center offered hands-on activities for the high school students at Biotechnology Day:

  • Exploring Biomaterials
  • Computational Thinking and Mapping the Human Genome
  • Extracting DNA—Young Women in Biology
  • Polymer Encapsulation

In addition, laboratory tours showed students core facilities, including Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE), Center for Atom Probe Tomography (NUCAPT) and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute. 

Biotechnology Day is offered to students at schools where teachers participate in professional development programs offered by the Biotechnology Center of Excellence (BCoE). OSEP partners in BCoE and offers professional development workshops in biotechnology, along with a biotechnology curriculum called NUBIO.

OSEP supports K-12 students and teachers by connecting them with the world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources of Northwestern University. The office is directed by SESP professor Kemi Jona.

Biotechnology Day is held in collaboration with Baxter International Inc. and the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at Northwestern. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 10/7/14