Teen Biotech Challenge
TBC2017 Contest Instructions and the SPARK Research Scholar Application (only open to TBC participants) are now available. In 2016, we received preliminary registrations for 427 educational websites, from 21 sponsor teachers at 11 participating schools. Of those, 76 websites made it to the final round of judging and 49 websites received awards. Every year we look forward to seeing new topics and creative design efforts by regional high school students.
Contest Dates for 2017
- February 1st - Sponsor Teacher Registration Lists Due
- February 22nd - SPARK Research Scholar Award Applications Due
- March 22nd - Final Website Entries Due
- April 12th - SPARK Research Scholar Awards Announced
- May 8th - TBC2017 Winners Announced
- May 25th - TBC2017 Awards Symposium at UC Davis
Check out recent Teen Biotech Challenge winners for inspiration!
Celebrating their achievements amid an unexpected thunderstorm (which was a nice change of pace!) on May 20, 2016, we extend sincere congratulations to the TBC2016 focus area winners:
The TBC2015 focus area winners were:
The TBC2014 focus area winners were:
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:
Particularly useful for educating general audiences, BestFoodFacts.org 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.
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!
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:
- @AgBioWorld - CS Prakash, Professor, Science Communicator
- @carlzimmer - Carl Zimmer, Author, Writer, Blogger @NatGeo "The Loom"
- @David_Dobbs - David Dobbs, Author, Writer, Blogger
- @DocCamiRyan - Cami Ryan, Academic, Writer, Author, Blogger
- @edyong209 - Ed Yong, Writer, Freelance Journalist, Blogger @NatGeo "Not Exactly Rocket Science"
- @gmopundit - David Tribe, Professor, Blogger
- @grapedoc - Steve Savage, Scientist, Blogger
- @kmkubo - Ken Kubo, Professor, Science Communicator
- @marynmck - Maryn McKenna, Writer, Author, Blogger @Wired "Superbug"
- @mdichristina - Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief and Senior VP, Scientific American
- @neiltyson - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, Author, Media Host
- @phylogenomics - Jonathan Eisen, Professor, Blogger
- @plosblogs - Public Library of Science Bloggers!
- @prometheusgreen - L. Val Giddings, ITIF Think-tanker, Biotech Expert
- @Revkin - Andy Revkin, NYTimes Blogger, Author
- @SavorTooth - Nathanael Johnson, Grist Writer, Author, Blogger
- @ScienceMagazineNews - media outlet for Science
- @TheScienceGuy - Bill Nye, Science Educator
There are many, many more interesting scientists and science writers to follow on Twitter. Take a look!
Science & Engineering Contests for High School Students