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Ag Biotechnology Academy 2018

June 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

How can ag biotechnology contribute to food security? Learn about the latest seed research and the impact of environmental issues and sustainability, participate in hands-on biology/chemistry labs, meet industry experts, tour an industry site, and get free classroom materials. Hotel and food costs are covered by the Ohio Soybean Council and DuPont Pioneer. Ashland graduate credit is available.

Past participants are encouraged to come and bring colleagues to this REDESIGNED two-day event that will introduce ALL PARTICIPANTS to biotech skills and how they are incorporated into agriculture, food science and biofuels. Industry speakers will emphasize the use of biotechnology tools in agricultural research and development.

Skills covered will include:

  • Basic micropipetting
  • Genetic modification and the connection to crop production
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Titrations of used cooking oil
  • Making biodiesel in a biotech lab
  • Lipid testing using hexane and acetone in a food science lab
  • Sensory testing of foods
  • Food product development

Additional activities will include:

  • Industry Speakers (Field Agronomist, Soybean Researcher, Business & Communications, Ag Production and others)
  • Industry tour

Each teacher will receive over $300 worth of classroom lab supplies. 18 hours of contact time will be awarded for the 2 day workshop, and 1 hour of graduate credit from Ashland University is available for $175.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is geared toward middle and high school teachers. The content covered is above the level of elementary grades science.

Questions? Contact Jane Hunt, jane@educationprojects.org