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A Day in the Life: Exploring Biomanufacturing Careers

Learning Outcomes and Standards

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced to the responsibilities and duties they would face in the “real world”
    • Time management
    • Teamwork
    • Cooperation
    • Computer Skills
  • Students will gain laboratory and analytical skills
    • Performing an experiment according to directions (in a simulated Batch Record Format)
    • Using beakers, graduated cylinders and pipettes to measure liquids
    • Using scales and weigh boats to measure materials
    • Using sterile techniques when handling media
    • Observing cells under the microscope
    • Identifying an appropriate control
    • Gathering data and constructing tables
  • Specific biotechnology concepts
    • Fermentation
    • Factors affecting cell growth (nutrients, temperature)
    • Use of microbes in biomanufacturing
  • Careers in Biomanufacturing
  • Process Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician

State Curriculum Standards

North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS):

Competencies and Objectives from Exploring Biotechnology

  • EB 3.01 Analyze the use of equipment and materials and apply rules for safety in the laboratory.
  • EB07.01 Discuss industrial and environmental biotechnology.
  • EB07.02 Analyze components of industrial biotechnology.
  • EB10.01 Describe careers in Biotechnology
  • EB10.02 Discuss bioinformatics and biomanufacturing careers.

Competencies and Objectives from 8th Grade Science

  • 1.04 Analyze variables in scientific investigations
  • 1.05 Analyze evidence to: Explain observations. Make inferences and predictions. Develop the relationship between evidence and explanation.
  • 1.06 Use mathematics to gather, organize, and present quantitative data resulting from scientific investigations: Measurement, Analysis of data, Graphing
  • 7.01 Compare and contrast microbes: Size, shape, structure. Whether they are living cells.
  • 7.05 Investigate aspects of biotechnology (including careers, economic benefits to NC)