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Teacher wins grant


Last updated 9/8/2021 at 10:38am | View PDF

Katie Hobbs, a science teacher at Mesa Ridge High School, was selected to participate in a weeklong Biotechnology Immersion Program at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) over the summer. On top of that, she was awarded a USAFA STEM Education and Outreach Implementation mini-grant of $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment for her classroom.

In the summer program, teachers were able to do hands-on STEM projects and experiments.

"We were able to do a COVID-19 test on ourselves from start (swabbing of the nose) to the PCR process, it was so cool. We were able to do an autopsy using a digital autopsy training table, identify cyanobacteria and different algae species that may be used one day in space travel," Hobbs said.

She said the program allowed her to reflect on her teaching style and challenge herself to make changes by incorporating more biotech into other biology content.

"It was great to see all the different ways I could incorporate into the curriculum. To help support that, each day of the program I walked away with new labs (4-5) (supplies and all) ready to be used in my classroom this year. It really struck me how much is currently changing in the field of biology right now due to technological advancement and got me excited all over again to be teaching in such an incredible time," she said. 


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