Industry Immersion: AgriScience Demystified

  • General Biotechnology

Industry Immersion: AgriScience Demystified

Agriscience Demystified
  • Coastal Region
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Tuesday to Thursday
June 19 to June 21, 2018

Join BioNetwork and the NC Farm Bureau for a three-day adventure designed to demystify agricultural biotechnology. Meet with farmers and scientists, tour their facilities, and leave with innovative methods for incorporating this experience into your existing curriculum.

This workshop is open to all but will be of most interest to Community College Life Sciences faculty as well as 6-12 Science and CTE teachers.

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Workshop Objectives

  • Discussion of societal issues related to applications of biotechnology (including genetic engineering and environmental issues)
  • Exploring the fundamental scientific concepts underlying biotechnology and its applications in agriculture
  • Providing effective methods/lesson plans that integrate multidisciplinary science into course curricula per applicable standards
  • Understanding the diverse uses of agricultural products
  • Presentation of related careers and educational requirements/pathways

Participants will

  • take home classroom supplies to help integrate ideas/activities from workshop
  • earn 2.2 CEUs
  • receive a copy of all workshop materials
  • be provided lunch and refreshments daily
  • receive lodging assistance (shared and private) if the attendee lives more than 50 miles away from the workshop location.

Lead Instructor

NC Farm Bureau and Summer Cortinas

BioNetwork and NC Farm Bureau have teamed up to present an exciting behind the scenes tour of the agricultural biotechnology industry.

For decades, NC Farm Bureau has worked with North Carolina farmers and farming families across the state promoting good stewardship and environmental consciousness. In an effort to extend these principles into NC classrooms they have instituted educational programs such as Ag in the Classroom and the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders.

Summer Cortinas, the Western Region Engagement Coordinator for BioNetwork, holds a Master's in Science Education from North Carolina State University and has a background in high school education.  A former FFA member, Summer recently presented at several state and national conferences on her newly developed activities regarding GMOs and inexpensive ways to incorporate their detection into the classroom. It is through this combination of education and experience, Summer has been able to create innovative curriculum and provide successful outreach programming that support the life sciences.

Brunswick Community College
50 College Road
Bolivia, North Carolina 28422