ERIC Number: EJ718666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Brave New World of Biotechnology
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v79 n7 p18-22 Oct 2004
Is it the science that will save the world from starvation, or will it mean the end of the world as it is known? While some people fear genetically altered "Frankenfoods" and DNA experiments with pathogenic microorganisms that could result in worldwide epidemics, others view biotechnology as using biological organisms to make products that benefit human beings. There is no denying that biotechnology is here to stay, so perhaps the most important issue is education--learning what it can do and how to use it responsibly and ethically. Today, biotechnology is being applied not only in agriculture, but also in fields such as medicine, pharmacology, waste disposal, mining and manufacturing--and career and technical education is often the place where students are given an introduction to the brave new world of biotechnology. This article describes biotechnology programs in place at the Oklahoma City Community College and the Tulsa School for Science & Technology (both in Oklahoma), and the North Montco Technical Center in Pennsylvania. In addition, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national program to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the education system, is profiled. PLTW has announced that it is developing a high school curriculum in biotechnical engineering that will be available nationwide in the fall of 2006. According to PLTW, with financial support from the Indiana Department of Education, the organization will be working with teachers, schools, university faculty and business and industry to complete the course over the next two years. The new PLTW course will include experiences from biotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical engineering and biomolecular engineering. The course is designed to be taken by high school juniors and seniors and is a project-based curriculum.
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary Education, Biotechnology, Career Education, Technological Advancement, Technical Education, Partnerships in Education, Agricultural Education
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Headquarters, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-3111.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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