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BioTech SYSTEM is a Northern California consortium supporting STEM education in grades K-14 and fostering a collaborative network that includes diverse stakeholders in the biotech community. 

Founding members of BioTech SYSTEM include representatives from public colleges and universities, community organizations, local governments, school districts and the biotech industry.

Director's Corner

2015 Modern Farming Workshop for Life Science Educators

The UC Davis Biotechnology Program will hold a 3-day Modern Farming Workshop for high school and community college life science educators on July 22nd - 24th. We will discuss the latest trends in plant breeding and precision agriculture, with an emphasis on the "big data". Participants will be introduced to public databases and online resources for agricultural genomics, with a focus on resources accessible at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The course is made possible through generous support of Expression Systems.


Announcing the Teen Biotech Challenge 2015 Winners!

Congratulations to all of the TBC2015 award winners. First place awards in each of seven focus areas have been earned by:


For a peek back at last year's competition, the TBC2014 focus area winners were:


Public Biotech Seminars at UC Davis & Sacramento State University

The Current Progess in Biotechnology seminar (MCB294) is open to the UC Davis campus community and to the public. Seminars are held each Friday throughout the academic year from 11am-noon in Rm 1022 Life Sciences at UC Davis.  Though talks are geared for an interdisciplinary audience of graduate students (biologists, chemists, engineers, biostatisticians, etc…), local K-14 educators are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Sacramento State Center for STEM Excellence offers a public lecture series during the academic year. The STEM Scholars Lecture series is also available for viewing online!


Biotechnology in Food & Agriculture

For science-based answers to general questions about GMOs in food and agriculture, as well as the latest approaches to global agricultural sustainability, these sites provide well-curated information for teachers, students and curious consumers:


And...for a healthy dose of rational discussion, myth-busting and countering-the-quackery, check out these insightful journalists and academic bloggers:


Particularly useful for educating general audiences, has created a series of fact-based videos addressing frequently asked consumer questions regarding food safety, agricultural production systems, GM crops, labelling GMOs and related topics.


Global Science & Engineering News via Twitter

Following science journals and news media outlets on Twitter is a fantastic way to keep up with the latest biotech research efforts and discoveries. Check out the recent articles that have caught my eye .

Favorite Tweeps Include:


There are many, many more interesting scientists and science writers to follow on Twitter. Take a look!

Science & Engineering Contests for High School Students


Fun Stuff

I love the "Genetics 101" YouTube videos produced by 23andMe - quick and informative mini-lessons on human genetics. Great for priming class discussion!

"The PCR Song"--If you haven't heard it, you are missing out! Check out the rockin' music video put together by our colleagues at Bio-Rad.

DNA Fingerprinting Laboratory--Solve a forensic mystery! The Partnership for Biotechnology & Genomics Education has developed free software for teachers and students.

Create Your Own Biotech Word Art on Wordle...

Molec-Life-Tech 3

Wordle: Molec-Life-Tech 3


Molec-Life-Tech 2

Wordle: Molec-Life-Tech 2


Global Food Security

Wordle: Global Food Security


People Need Food

Wordle: People Need Food


Race 4 $1K Genome

Wordle: Race 4 $1K Genome


DSJ 2012

Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung Director of the BioTech SYSTEM