Welcome to Gifts & Talents 21-22

Let’s Explore
Bio-Technology!


Gifted instruction for the 2021-2022 school year will bring the wonder of the four branches of BioTechnology to the Gifted & Talented Classroom! All students enrolled in the G&T program will experience BioTechnology engineering through various media and STEAM-based learning experiences.  They will explore four units of instruction: Medical, Environmental, Agricultural and Industrial BioTechnology.


Rationale for our study:
 
The Bureau of Labor statistics indicates that Biotechnology Careers will see a 5% growth between 2019-2029 which is faster than average occupations. 
 
The surge in demand for Biotechnical Engineers Post-Covid.  
 
There is a Biotechnical research growth with 117% increase in published clinical/research journals.  
 
The patents for new enzymes comprise 40% of all patents (79,694) 
 
Biotechnology is a critical driver of all science careers. 


There are Four Units of Instruction  

Medical 

Use of living cells and cell materials to research and produce pharmaceutical and diagnostic products, treat and prevent diseases.  

Examples:
Genetic testing 
DNA Model 
Electrophoresis
Genome Sequencing 
Antibiotics 
COVID-19 Makeup 
Vaccines 
Gene Therapy 
Animal Breeding 
Biomedical Imaging (x-ray, MRI, CT Scan, PET Scan, etc.) New technology emerging to reduce radioactive exposure. 

 
Environmental 
Examples:
Wastewater treatment 
Oil spill remediation 
Cleaner manufacturing processes 
Reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions 
Reduction of toxic chemical pollution 
 

Agricultural 
Examples: 
Pest resistant crops 
Improving nutritional content 
Removal of know crop allergens 
Vaccines 
Crossing desired traits from
one plant species to another 
 

Industrial 
Examples:
Non-food uses of crops 
Bi-degradable plastics and oils.  
Biofuels 
Cleaning agents 
Textiles 

 

Exposing Students to Future Career Fields  

Examples: 
Biomedical Engineering
Radiology 
Medical/clinical technicians
Imaging Technicians 
Biophysicists/chemists
Biostatistics 
R&D scientists
Environmental Engineers
   Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing  
Crime Lab Technicians 


Disciplinary core ideas pertaining

 The interdisciplinary application of science, technology, engineering, art, and math are demonstrated through proficient use of science and engineering practices while the study of architectural principles and design drive the use of technology to produce a model aligned with criteria pertaining to visual arts.

Grade-appropriate mathematical concepts are fostered in the conversion of units to produce models, represent and interpret data, and geometric measurement of lines and angles.