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Educational Curriculum

4-H Program

We have initiated a program to introduce biotechnology & DNA science to 4-H agents, leaders and youths facilitated by a 4-H Venture Grant.  This includes:

         Camps

         Teen Track

         A workshop

         Information for 4-H agents

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Just For Teachers

Biotechnology is one of the hottest topics in the American conversation today and educators nationwide are searching for resources, materials, and training that can help them bring biotechnology into their classrooms. This site points educators to some of the most useful and scientifically accurate biotechnology educational sites on the Web. All sites listed feature information based on factual data and sound scientific principles.

A presentation on the Social Science Perspectives on Biotechnology was made in October, 2002 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Convention in Louisville by Professors Lori Gorkavitch and Valerie Askren.  The graphical presentation and educators notes are available.  

Materials for teachers and classroom activities are also available.

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Of Apples and Animals is a program from the Ohio State University for third to fifth graders. This online resource includes a guide on how to use the program and 4 units to show young students how biotechnology is possible and to illustrate some of its applications. Each unit has a materials list, activity guides and questions for discussion.

Cut the Fat - Keep the Flavor is an online resource unit from the Iowa State University for grades 6 to 12. It is a collection of materials educators can use to design their own programs about saturated fat in foods. Part of the resource is devoted to how biotechnology was used to produce a healthier soybean oil. This resource includes a good background section for educators with a brief history of food biotechnology, information on federal regulations and labeling and guidance on leading discussions on the issues surrounding biotechnology.

Just For Kids

What is biotechnology? It's lots of things!

It's plants that don't need pesticides to grow bug-free fruit. It's vegetables that don't bruise as easily after picking. It's grains that have more vitamins. It's goats that produce medicines for humans in their milk. Learn more about biotechnology and what it means to you by visiting these sites.

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Of Apples and Animals is a program from the Ohio State University for third to fifth graders. This online resource includes a guide on how to use the program and 4 units to show young students how biotechnology is possible and to illustrate some of its applications. Each unit has a materials list, activity guides and questions for discussion.

Cut the Fat - Keep the Flavor is an online resource unit from the Iowa State University for grades 6 to 12. It is a collection of materials educators can use to design their own programs about saturated fat in foods. Part of the resource is devoted to how biotechnology was used to produce a healthier soybean oil. This resource includes a good background section for educators with a brief history of food biotechnology, information on federal regulations and labeling and guidance on leading discussions on the issues surrounding biotechnology.

Biotechnology Information Switzerland
Information on biotechnology with a focus on Switzerland. Bioweb is maintained by BICS and BATS of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Iowa State University's Extension-Science, Engineering, and Technology (E-SET) includes biotechnology and basic science activities for youth, resources for educators, on-line activities that teach both science and computer research skills, and provides tips for incorporating science education into classrooms or home-school settings.

4-H Camps Kentucky 4-H and the College of Agriculture are partnering to host  Biotechnology Camps. The camps are for interested youth who are entering the seventh or eighth grades this fall. If you are interested in one of these camps, please complete this application and return to the proper address listed below. Applicants do NOT have to be previously registered as a 4-H member.

  The North Central 4-H Camp will be at Carlisle, KY June 23-24, 2006.

A brochure is available as well as application forms for the North Central camp.