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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

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, 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:


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