HudsonAlpha to host BioSkills open house for high school students

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HudsonAlpha is hosting an open house for its BioSkills program on Thursday, May 26(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Check this out, high school students and parents: Next week, you can get a firsthand look at a new way HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville is creating a more genomically literate society and nurturing the future biotechnology workforce.

The Institute is hosting an open house for its BioSkills program on Thursday, May 26 from 3PM – 5PM. Interested students and parents can visit HudsonAlpha to speak with the program’s leaders, tour the facility and learn more about the program.

What does the open house include?

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BioSkills participants will get hands-on experience with advanced lab skills. (HudsonAlpha via Facebook)

What does this BioSkills open house involve? Well, BioSkills includes more than 20 in-depth, immersive courses that cover subjects like plant genomics, genetic engineering and bacteria.

Due to the time requirements for each session, the program is tailored towards homeschooled and private school students in grades 9-12. BioSkills participants will get hands-on experience with advanced lab skills while using the same tools and equipment found in HudsonAlpha research labs. BioSkills fills the gap of a program that offers deep dives on specific biotechnology topics that are driven by student interest.

How does it work?

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BioSkills fills the gap of a program that offers deep dives on specific biotechnology topics that are driven by student interest. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Classes are grouped into four levels of difficulty: Core, General, Advanced and Technical.

Students need to take a Core class before moving on to next steps. ‘Sharpening Your BioSkills’ or ‘Biotechnology Skills’ cover general lab safety and essential lab skills, like pipetting, to prepare students for the General classes.

HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach is offering two new courses, along with the four Level 1 courses starting in August of 2022.

The event takes place at the Paul Propst Center on the campus of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, 800 Hudson Way, Huntsville, AL 35806.

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Michael Seale
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