Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a three-year Professional Development for Educators ATE Project intended to “bridge the gap” between traditional high school (HS) biology instruction and workforce preparedness. The Project will use exemplary student-centered biotechnology materials developed and tested through the Articulated Technological Education Pathways Project (ATEP), a recent NSF-funded ATE Large Scale Materials Development project (LSMD) (NSF DUE 1104253, 2011-15) that developed learning management system (LMS)-delivered, hands-on, project-based high school (HS) curriculum materials that are explicitly articulated with community college (CC) ATE programs. ATEP development team leaders are serving as BtG Project co-PIs.
The proposal is being submitted by the Hofstra University Center for STEM Research (CSR) in partnership with the Lone Star College (LSC) system and Austin Community College (ACC) in TX (along with two school districts in their catchment areas – Austin ISD and Humble ISD); and prominent NSF ATE biotechnology centers and programs: the Bio-Link National ATE Center at San Francisco CC (CA), and its affiliates – the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) at Montgomery County CC (PA), and the Atlanta Technical College (ATC) Bioscience Technology program (GA). All partners will host and contribute to BtG’s PD programs.
“Tell me why I need to understand parts of biology that have no relevance to the real world. I'm very frustrated with this. Please clearly answer why I need to learn what I learn.” HS student in Excelsior, Minnesota, in a TED Talk Conversation