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2019 Montgomery GREAT Workshop

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Auburn University at Montgomery, Watson Robbins Taylor Center

7440 East Drive

Montgomery, AL 36117

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The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology provides professional development opportunities for life science educators across the state. The latest in the continuing series of Genetic Resources to Empower Alabama Teachers (GREAT) workshops will be held March 12-13, 2019.

The fourth round of GREAT workshops, GREAT: Genomics in the Fields, focuses on food and fuel. Learn how agricultural genomics is being implemented to face the challenges of finding renewable energy and feeding a world of more than seven billion. This workshop brings modern genomic research into your classroom and provides opportunities for students to investigate challenging biology concepts using stories about food. Designed to dig deeply into Alabama Biology Course of Study Standards 11 and 14, teachers will leave GREAT: Genomics in the Fields with the tools and materials to bring science-rich agricultural content to their classrooms.

Questions addressed at GREAT: Genomics in the Fields include:

  • How have man’s interactions with the plants and animals that make up our food shaped both them and us?
  • What is a GMO? How are they made? How do I talk to my students about this?
  • How is biotechnology changing agriculture?
  • How can educators bring modern genomic research into their classrooms using items from the grocery store produce aisles?

Classroom resources:

  • Investigate Aluminum Tolerant corn using bioinformatics tools to find the genetic causes of varied response to aluminum soils with the provided pilot kit.
  • Simulate testing a food item for the presence of genetically modified corn or soy products using HudsonAlpha’s GMOD (paper version).
  • Access to HudsonAlpha’s newest digital resource Agricultural Timeline Technology Challenge (ATTC) that overlays the Progress of Science® Timeline with challenges to use available biotech tools to solve specific agricultural challenges.

*This content is designed for high school life science teachers only, and is not available for middle school teachers.

The GREAT Workshop will be held at the Watson Robbins Taylor Center on the Auburn University at Montgomery campus.
March 12-13, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day.

For Alabama public high school teachers, schools will be reimbursed for substitute costs of up to $70/day. To expedite reimbursements, we are asking for your POC at either the school or district level that we will need to contact for processing your substitute reimbursement. Teachers who complete both days of the workshop will return to the classroom with lesson plans and hands-on materials that support the state course of study standards for Biology.

Please register by February 22, 2019. When you register, please keep in mind that you are registering for both days of the GREAT Workshop in its entirety.

The GREAT Workshop is made possible through support from the State of Alabama.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a not-for-profit research institute in Huntsville, AL with a strong emphasis on genetics education for students, educators and the public.

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