WSTA 2015 – MiniOne Social

Thank You for a Wonderful Evening! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending our recent social as part of the 2015 WSTA conference in Shoreline, WA. It was great to have the opportunity to meet so many of you face to face and it was fantastic to see so many passionate … Continued

Two-Steppin’ in Texas: High Schools Take the Lead

Okay – we’ll be honest with you –we didn’t literally go two-steppin’.  We did, however, meet up with a couple of wonderful Houston high schools last week.  Science partners at North Houston Early College High School and Carnegie Vanguard High School took time out of their day to lead us through their programs and curriculum. We had a great … Continued

The Science of NFL Football and Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion

This past weekend kicked off the 2015–16 NFL football season (and for high school football season too)! For most of us here in the office – football means time with friends, some great tailgating food and SCIENCE FUN! Yes, that’s right science and fun go together. We’re going to stay out of the “Deflate Gate … Continued

Inspiration from a Jell-O Cup: The MiniOne GelCup for Electrophoresis

What is it about a Jell-O cup that makes everyone happy?  Perfect serving size, no preparation, easy-to-open package, no refrigeration required… If only preparing gel for electrophoresis was so easy, right? We kept hearing over and over – from teachers directly – they were often deterred from doing hands-on labs due to the setup time required. … Continued

Lights, camera, action!

New Biology Teacher Resources Coming Your Way “Back to school” means back to teaching! Are you ready to engage your biology students and teach them to love all things science??? Of course you are! We know you can do it with the right resources! You can engage and empower your biology students to understand concepts, … Continued

Biology-as-Diplomacy

According to the Olympic Games, the three Olympic Game values are: “striving for excellence,” “demonstrating respect,” and “celebrating friendship.”  The USA Biology Olympiad mission and goals almost mirror these values except that they are laser focused on excellence in biology education rather than sports.  Indeed, the IBO has many of the same core values and qualities … Continued

BioTeach UAB Helps Bring Gel Electrophoresis into the Classroom

Developed by Dr. Stephen Hajduk, founding director of CORD, BioTeach has been offered since 1992 to high school biology teachers within the state of Alabama.  The goal of BioTeach is to provide teachers with the basic knowledge and laboratory skills needed to bring molecular biology into the high school classroom. Our own, Kelly Nguyen was … Continued

Amgen Biotech Experience Ireland and Gel Electrophoresis

Seeing biology students get excited about science is reassuring for our global future!  When students capture images of DNA and post to their social media with a “Wow!  Gel electrophoresis is sweet!”  we know we are doing something right.  The MiniOne System is specifically designed for classroom use – to ignite students interests in biotechnology … Continued

ABLE 2015 Inspires Science Teacher Community

This year the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) held their 37th annual conference at Boston University. The focus of ABLE is to improve the undergraduate biology laboratory experience by promoting the development and dissemination of interesting, innovative, and reliable laboratory exercises between science teachers and industry thought leaders.  Hands-on labs, presentations and mini-workshops provide science teachers with the type … Continued

Culture of Biology: Learning to Love LAKrids, Liquorice, Licorice, …SALTY Licorice!

Last week we had the pleasure of being at the International Biology Olympiad 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark.  We spent a considerable amount of time with student scientists from 61 countries.  We learned about their biology studies, classes and laboratories.  We also learned about their homes, their cultures, …their unique tastes in candy! We learned that … Continued

450 Student Scientists Converge on Denmark for the International Biology Olympiad 2015

Students from 61 countries arrived in Denmark this week to compete on their knowledge and expertise in biology at the International Biology Olympiad. Beyond the opportunity to collaborate and network with their peers and industry leaders, students are taking practical and theoretical exams to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and for the chance to win … Continued