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Nourish the Future: Feeding and Fueling the World (Alabama)

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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

601 Genome Way Northwest

Huntsville, AL 35806

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This workshop will help MS and HS science teachers understand more about the science of food production and sustainable fuels.

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Are you interested in helping to create the next generation of scientists? In mentoring students as they do real science to solve industry-relevant problems? As our population grows, so will the demand for innovation in food production, renewable fuel sources, and bioproducts to support our growth. Our workshop will train you on our curriculum which teaches students how to do science—solve problems, collect data, drive innovation, develop more sustainable and efficient practices, and discover connections.

Middle and high school science teachers, learn about the science of food production and sustainable fuels through engaging activities and lessons related to current science standards. Topics will include:

  • biotechnology
  • soil health
  • water quality
  • fermentation
  • populations

This workshop will include a tour of HudsonAlpha. Go behind the scenes of a world class genomics research facility. See how plant and human samples are processed for DNA sequencing, peek into biotech companies, and see how a physical space is organized for ‘collaboration and innovation’ that leverages the synergy between discover, education and economic development. During the tour we’ll visit research labs responsible for the sequencing of more than half the plant genomes published to date, and use whole genome sequencing to diagnose very rare human disease and unlock the genetic mechanisms of common complex disease. We’ll visit companies involved in drug development, environmental testing, immunotherapies and patient support.

All participants will receive .7 CEUs, as well as a Fermentation Factories kit, Hach phosphate test strips, a Watershed kit, a DNA extraction kit, dried corn, foldscopes, and pH test strips.

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601 Genome Way Northwest

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