The Prometheus Academy - Advanced Biotechnology Year 1 and Biotech Research II (10/11/12th)

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NOTE: Because Advanced Biotechnology I and Biotech Research Skills II and III overlap other high school classes by 15 minutes, students can exit other classes at 3:30 pm or be 15 minutes late to this class.

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Biology

Advanced Biotechnology Year 1 and Biotech Research II: 4 hours per week, 32 weeks

We spend two hours covering concepts and two hours in hands-on labs each week.

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, with a high demand for entry-level workers and two-year and four-year college graduates.  In the last 25 years, the US biotechnology industry has created more than 198,000 high-quality jobs, at over 1,400 pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, and instrumentation biotechnology companies, plus more at academic and government agencies.  In North Texas alone, over 16,000 people (see graphic) are employed in this industry (2004).  After taking this course, your student is well prepared for college lab work, or can apply to work as an intern in the DFW biosciences industry.

Top ten reasons your science student should be in biotechnology

During the 32 weeks your student learns:

 basic biology and chemistry necessary for our lab work
 DNA isolation and analysis
 protein isolation and analysis
 assay development
 how to use the spectrophotometer for protein assays
 how to splice genes and genetically transform bacteria
 recombinant protein production
 protein purification and analysis

Students learn cutting-edge lab techniques currently used in the biotech industry:

 use micro-pipettes
 make lab solutions (a gateway skill to internships!)
 run vertical and horizontal gel electrophoresis equipment
 perform PCR
 use a spectrophotometer
 separate proteins using a variety of techniques, including column chromatography
 and many other lab skills directly pertinent to working in the industry (or preparing for college!)

Students gain hands-on experience with advanced lab equipment that includes:

 Spectrophotometer for protein assays–quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength
 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine–biochemical technology in molecular biology used to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA
 Horizontal and vertical gel electrophoresis equipment–separation and analysis of macromolecules (DNA, RNA and proteins) and their fragments
 Column chromatography–purify individual chemical compounds from mixtures
 Electron microscope–uses accelerated electrons as a source of illumination to reveal the structure of smaller objects

Join this class to step into the 21st Century! (It really is the coolest class, ever!)

Class Materials

Textbook and Lab Manual: Biotechnology: A Laboratory Skills Course Brown, et al. ©2011 ISBN-13: 978-0-983-23960-4, Student Edition.
The Prometheus Academy can purchase this book for parents from Bio-Rad at a cost of $105.50.

Class Book


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