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Teachers: Check out the Virginia Science Festival!

Teachers:  Check out the Virginia Science Festival!

Teachers have a unique opportunity to see science at work outside of the classroom with the first-ever BIOTeach event on October 9, 2014. 

Part of the inaugural Virginia Science Festival, which runs October 4 – 11, the event brings together the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics so that thousands of families will come face-to-face with amazing research and technical achievements from Virginia’s educational, non-profit and for-profit institutions.

Hosted by the Virginia BIO Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation created to connect bioscience companies with teachers and students to stimulate career interest in the biosciences (BioSTEM), the teacher-only BIOTeach on October 9 will take place at various locations throughout Virginia. 

BioTeach is intended to offer K-12 science teachers a look at how the bioscience industry puts science to work by creating products and services that improve human health. 

Each business will host a complimentary open house, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, during which it will serve food and drinks, present its science and lead tours of its operations in a fun and informal environment. The tours will be followed by social networking and discussion of how businesses can further support efforts to educate our students and build interest in BioSTEM careers.

Teachers can see how Virginia companies recreate human disease in the laboratory, discover new drugs, procures human tissue, and much more. BioTeach has been organized through a collaboration with the Virginia BIO Foundation, the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia’s Director of STEM.

 Participating businesses (to date) include:

  • Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Richmond
  • Engineered BioPharmaceuticals, Danville
  • HemoShear, Charlottesville
  • LifeNet Health, Virginia Beach
  • Novozymes Biologicals, Salem
  • TECHLAB, Blacksburg

Teachers must RSVP by clicking here and can stay up to date on Twitter @vabio (#BioTeach)

Questions? Please contact one of the following:

Susan Moore, Virginia BIO 804.643.6360, Moore.Susan@vabio.org

Eric Rhoades, Department of Education, 804.786.2481, Eric.Rhoades@doe.virginia.gov

Megan Healy, PhD, Virginia Director of STEM-H, Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, 276.618.1473

 

 


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