Eight high schools and one middle school will share in education grants totaling $46,305 from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The “Education Mini Grants” are designed to assist projects that will have an impact on 1,000 or more students.

The awards went to:

• Adkins School of Biotechnology in Winston-Salem
• Carrboro High School in Carrboro
• Dillard Middle School in Goldsboro
• Lincoln County Schools in Lincolnton
• North Stokes High School in Danbury
• Ravenscroft School in Raleigh
• School of Inquiry and Life Sciences in Asheville
• South Granville School of Health and Life Sciences in Creedmoor
• Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville

“These awardees exemplify the type of impact even one motivated teacher can have on creating a classroom rich in opportunities for student inquiry and discovery,” said Bill Schy, education and training program manager at the Biotechnology Center. “Biotechnology applications, such as DNA forensics featured in the TV show CSI, capture students’ imaginations. They provide a platform on which to teach important scientific and mathematical concepts.”

Receiving the awards, with descriptions provided by the Biotech Center, are:

Atkins School of Biotechnology, Winston-Salem: Terry Howerton, $3,500, “The BIOFocus Career Exploration Program.” The outreach program, for sixth- through eighth-grade students in Winston-Salem, will offer three eight-hour modules titled “Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation” after school and/or on Saturdays during the fall 2007 semester.

Carrboro High School, Carrboro: Robin Bulleri, $5,950, “Biotechnology at Carrboro High School.” The program at this new school permits hands-on activities in cellular and molecular biology for some 500 9th grade biology students during the first year alone, with affected student numbers growing with the school.

Dillard Middle School, Goldsboro: Darrell Coston, $5,988, “Biotechnology Education Project.” Expanding an 8th grade science course nurturing underserved African-American students by providing stimulating hands-on science activities appropriate to varying learning styles. Biotechnology will be the catalyst for introducing these objectives.

Lincoln County Schools, Lincolnton: Millie Costner, $1,200, “Biotechnology – Careers With Many Choices.” The award supports implementation of the new Career-Technical Education course, “Introduction to Biotechnology,” developed by the Biotechnology Center and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The funding will provide a video system for projecting microscope images and the salary for a science teacher who will teach a portion of the course.

North Stokes High School, Danbury: Benjamin Hall, $5,945, “Exploring Micropropagation Techniques in Horticulture.” The award helps cover start-up costs for a teaching laboratory for plant tissue culture where students in the Agriscience Applications and Horticulture I classes will get hands-on experience in the use of plant tissue culture in the horticulture industry.

Ravenscroft School, Raleigh: Zoe Welsh, $5,999, “Creation and Implementation of Biotechnology – An Upper School Science Course.” The grant permits Ravenscroft School to create and implement biotechnology as an advanced science elective. Students will learn content relating to various areas of biotechnology, develop valuable lab skills, research current topics in biotechnology and consider related ethical issues.

School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville, Asheville: Shannon Baggett, $5,907, “Opening doors to Biotechnology.” The goal is to incorporate biotechnology into 10th grade biology at this 2-year-old institution, incorporating five DESTINY modules and supporting students’ visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to college biology departments, including labs at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Western Carolina University, for tutelage and exposure to career possibilities

South Granville School of Health and Life Sciences in Creedmoor: Davida Breaux LaCosse, $5,816, “Development of College Biology at South Granville School of Health and Life Sciences.” The award will help equip a teaching laboratory at the school, which opened less than two years ago with help from the Gates Foundation. The lab will be used to offer college-level biology courses through an off-campus program, iSchool Biology, developed by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville: Ava Bickerton, $6,000, “Project Genome: Seven Labs Leading to Inquiry-Based Learning.” The award will permit equipment purchases that add seven hands-on activities to enhance a 10th grade biology course involving some 150 students. It enables a reduction in the size of work groups from the current 10 or more students to smaller groups of about four students, allowing them more hands-on lab opportunities.