MassBioEd to Host Inaugural BioTeach Summer Institute at UMass Amherst

Jun 30, 2015

Special workshop brings biotech activities to Western, MA educators 

June 30, 2015 (Cambridge, MA) — The MassBioEd Foundation, Massachusetts’ leading nonprofit organization supporting STEM education with a focus on biotechnology, will host its first ever BioTeach Summer Institute from Tuesday, July 7th through Thursday, July 9th at UMass Amherst.

The BioTeach Summer Institute is a three-day professional development workshop focused on biotechnology and molecular biology techniques and lab activities. Twenty-one Massachusetts high school biotechnology and biology teachers who are looking to incorporate more hands-on activities into their curricula will learn topics such as:

  • Biotechnology lab skills and practice
  • Technology for biotechnology
  • Gel electrophoresis to analyze DNA
  • Investigating personal genetics through PCR

This multi-day, residential training experience will enable teachers to overcome many of the barriers they encounter when incorporating lab experiences into their classrooms. 

“Students who engage in challenging science concepts through authentic lab activities learn better, perform better in class, and their learning persists longer,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Biotechnology Education Programs at MassBioEd. “Leading laboratory experiences, especially those involving new technologies, is a demanding task for teachers. The BioTeach Summer Institute is an additional way in which MassBioEd is helping to develop a community of educators and scientists that can share ideas, resources, and support throughout the academic year and inspire the students they teach.”

Support from the STEM Education Institute at UMass Amherst and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education @Scale Initiative has allowed MassBioEd to expand programs like this to teachers and students in Western Massachusetts. 

Teachers who participate in the Summer Institute will earn up to 20 Professional Development Points (PDPs). MassBioEd is providing teachers with housing, meals and stipends made possible by @Scale funding.

Participating schools include:




Belchertown High School


Bellamy Middle School


Cathedral High School


Douglas High School


Gateway Regional High School


High School of Commerce


Holyoke High School


Ludlow High School


Lynn Vocational Technical institute


Malden High School


Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School


Murdock Middle High School


North Middlesex Regional High School


Northampton High School


Norton High School


Pembroke High School


Pioneer Valley Regional School


Quabbin Regional High School


Sizer School


Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School





About MassBioEd Foundation

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd Foundation), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. Serving as a link between education, industry, and government, MassBioEd is working to ensure Massachusetts’ biotechnology sector has an appropriately trained workforce to meet growing employment needs. MassBioEd’s BioTeach program provides professional development to hundreds of teachers in their biotechnology curricula and provides grants and lab equipment to 204 schools across the Commonwealth. In addition, MassBioEd’s Biotech Learning Center offers professional development courses for employees in the biotechnology sector to advance their professional skills.



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