Genesee Community College Hosts Regional Bio-Tech Science Fair

Over 300 Local Students Involved

Genesee Community College will host a Bio-Tech Science Fair on Friday, January 8, 2010 in the Forum at the Batavia Campus from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The Science Fair will involve four schools throughout the GLOW region, including 225 elementary students and 85 high school students. The event will consist of high school students mentoring and leading elementary students through a series of experiments and hands-on science activities. The Bio-Tech Science Fair is funded in part by the College’s Tech Prep program and the President’s Innovation Award grant.

The 225 third and fourth grade students will collectively come from Robert Morris Elementary (Batavia), Medina, Perry and York schools, while the 85 high school students will participate from Batavia High School. The high school ‘student teachers’ will guide the elementary ‘student learners’ through activities and labs that will expose the student learners to interesting, challenging and current science topics with an emphasis on biotechnology. The student teachers will have the opportunity to explore the area of teaching sciences and the rapidly growing field of biotechnology.

Together the student learners and teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to use scientific equipment, new technologies, and computer software. Student teachers will be encouraged to explore the many opportunities available to them in the world of science as well teaching and education, including the Biotechnology, AS degree offered at Genesee Community College.

“I hope that the Bio-tech Science Fair exposes both our high school students and our elementary students to the exciting world of biotechnology,” Deborah Dunlevy, College Tech Prep coordinator at Genesee said. “There is a great need for talented professionals in math, science, and technology. This is a unique opportunity for the students to become familiar with a cutting edge and exciting career field.”

For further information please contact Deborah Dunlevy, at 343-0055 x 6316 or .