Acera’s Education Innovation Initiative (AceraEI) is pleased to announce its third Life Sciences Change Agent Teacher (LSCAT) Workshop series in the fall of 2019!
- Gene Editing with CRISPR:
- October 18 and November 15, 2019
- February 7 and March 6, 2020
The Human Microbiome:
November 1 and December 6, 2019
February 28 and March 20, 2020
Feeding a Growing Population:
April 10 and May 8, 2020
AceraEI trained its first cohort of high school biology teachers from across eastern Massachusetts in gene editing in January 2019, using a curriculum developed and pilot-tested at Acera School. Acera’s life sciences lab manager, Michael Hirsch, led the cohort through a a CRISPR molecular bio assay set-up and bacterial transformation. Participating teachers have already begun applying the curriculum in their own classrooms with students.
“We believe that all students should be able to link classroom learning to real world innovations,” said Courtney Dickinson, founder and director of Acera. “Working with relevant technology that is in the news, and engaging in deep discussions to understand these innovations, including how they work and why they matter, makes science labs meaningful and enables students to see a pathway for themselves as future scientists and innovators.”
Interested teachers can register online here.