Biotech Teacher Training and Toolbox Program

This program was developed by the Bioscience Education Canada and the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology to train and equip high school science teachers to bring modern laboratory techniques used in biotechnology into their classrooms.The York Biotech cluster took on the role of lead sponsor of this pilot program with the cooperation and support of the York Region District School Board and Fischer Scientific, which has supplied the equipment for the Toolbox.

Initially, 13 teachers from the YRDSB received two days of hands-on laboratory training at Seneca College’s facility on the York University campus. During the following school year, these teachers were able to borrow the Biotech Toolbox containing more than $20,000 worth of equipment and supplies for laboratory activities with their students. The Toolbox was maintained by students in Seneca College’s three-year biotechnology program.

The pilot program was intended to field test the Toolbox and solicit feedback from teachers on how it can be best used to support Ontario’s high school science curriculum. Over the longer term, the partners hope to expand the program in York Region and see it adopted by other school boards across Ontario with support from their local biotechnology communities.