2016 Teen Biotech Challenge
TBC2016 Contest Instructions are now available! In 2015, we received preliminary registrations for 414 educational websites on a vast array of topic in biotechnology. Of those, 195 websites made it to the final round of judging and 62 websites received awards. Every year we look forward to seeing new topics and creative design efforts by regional high school students.
Contest Dates for 2016
- January 29th - Sponsor Teacher Registration Lists Due
- March 18th - Final Website Entries Due
- May 2nd - TBC2016 Winners Announced
- May 20th - TBC2016 Awards Symposium at UC Davis
Check out recent Teen Biotech Challenge winners for inspiration!
Congratulations to the TBC2015 award winners. First place wins in each of seven focus areas were awarded to:
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, 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.
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
- @Calestous - Calestous Juma, Professor, Author
- @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
- @pcronald - Pam Ronald, Professor, Author, Blogger
- @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