BioScience Careers

Have you always had a love for animals, plants or the environment in which we live? Are you curious about careers and skills used in biotechnology, food science or green energy? If so, the BioScience Careers program could be just for you!

As a student in this course, you will use state-of-art technology and equipment and be offered an expansive pallet of career interests from veterinary medicine to forensic science or microbiology just to name a few. Other areas of study include DNA technology, plant science, biofuels, water/technology/aquaculture and food science.

The employment outlook for careers in this field is bright. Agriculture & Food Scientists will see an expected 9% jump in employment opportunities through 2022. Veterinary technologists and technicians will see a 37.3% growth. Students will have experiences with a variety of local employers, gaining real-world experience.

As part of this program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a National FFA Organization chapter membership. FFA allows students to explore career options, participate in competitive events, attend leadership conferences and organize community service activities.

View the Articulated Credit Sheet for BioScience Careers.

Program Syllabus - Year 1

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course Title

BioScience Careers - Year 1

National Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Pathway

Michigan Career Pathway

Natural Resources & Agri-Science Biotechnology Pathway

Instructor(s)

Toby West
517.244.1357
B.S. Biology
M.S. Biology
M.Ed.

Caitlyn Carpenter
517.244.1346

Types of Credit

One full fourth year math credit
One full third year science credit
Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit
World Language credit

Articulation Agreements

Davenport University
Lansing Community College (see Mr. West if interested)

Requirements/Program Prerequisites

  • Completion of chemistry and/or biology and algebra I by entry into the program
  • Grade 9 (minimum) reading and math levels
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply technical information
  • Basic keyboarding and word processing skills (Windows environment)
  • Good attendance and attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well in teams and individually
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a noisy environment
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to lift and move equipment
  • For local salary ranges and potential careers:
  • Is able to stoop, kneel or crouch while working to maintain equipment and inventory.
  • Is able to reach with arms and hands in any direction to complete routine tasks in the Biosciences Lab.
  • Is able to use the fingers (not whole hand) to work with objects to coverslip, mix, measure, etc.
  • Is able to feel size, shape, temperature or texture of objects with hands to prepare specimens and solutions.
  • Is able to talk to convey information in case of emergencies and to problem solve with other lab personnel.
  • Is able to hear speech or other sounds to interact with other laboratory personnel to problem solves and clarifies information,
  • Is able to see clearly close up - 20 inches or less for microscopy.
  • Is able to discriminate colors to interpret accurate test results.
  • Is able to work in dust, fumes or smells associated with laboratory chemicals and body fluids and tissues.
  • Is able to work with hazardous chemicals to prepare solutions.
  • Is able to work in standing and sitting positions for periods of time (2 hours) to do a task.

Program Description

This program can be summarized as a “Biotechnology program with an agriculture & natural resources focus.”  In this program we use state-of-the-art technology and equipment.  Students in this program will be able to learn skills that pertain to an expansive pallet of career interests from veterinary medicine to forensic science or microbiology just to name a few.  Other areas of study include DNA technology, plant science, biofuels, water management technology, aquaculture, and food science.  The program offers a science-based foundation with hands-on application to acquire scientific skills that will prepare students for both the workforce and college.  Bioscience covers a lot of different topics and careers and we will try and touch on as many of these topics as the year goes along.  To get a better idea of the areas of study and different topics discussed in Biosciences Careers, please visit Bioscience Topics.

Universal Accommodations

The Biosciences program is committed to universal learning and supporting all students needs. Our classroom space, routines, resources, and interactions will be as inclusive as possible. Treating each other with respect, listening to each other, having an open mind and a willingness to help each other learn is crucial to universal learning.

Strategies to provide optimal learning for all students in this course include, but not limited to:

  • All students will have extended time, as needed, to complete tests and quizzes
  • All students will have access to supplemental study resources available online

Key Learning Objectives

Laboratory Safety

  • Demonstrate proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment in the laboratory environment
  • Analyze a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and Chemical Label for proper storage, PPE, and hazards of the use of a specific chemical
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the identity and can explain the purpose of basic lab equipment and materials used in a variety of laboratory settings
    • Agar plate
    • Erlenmeyer flask
    • transfer pipet
    • Agar slant tube
    • Round bottom flask
    • Graduated pipet
    • Autoclave
    • Forceps
    • Hot water bath
    • Beaker
    • Funnel
    • Stirring Hot plate
    • Centrifuge
    • Graduated cylinder
    • Incubator
    • Inoculating loop
    • Laboratory balance
    • Analytical balance
    • Hemocytometer
    • Spectrophotometer
    • Thermocycler
    • Gel Electrophoresis Chamber
    • Refractometer
    • Side-Arm Adapter
    • Condenser
    • Filtering Crucible
    • Dessicator
    • Micropipette
    • Biohazard bag
    • Chemical Fume Hood
    • Hydrometer
    • Side-arm flask
    • GC
    • HPLC
    • FTIR
    • Bolt Press
  • Develop and use a professional laboratory notebook and use of the scientific method
  • Demonstrate Safe handling of concentrated acids

Chemical Tech

  • Demonstrate how to use conversion factors as a foundational concept for solution making math
  • Understand and analyze the math/calculations for properly preparing various chemical solutions in the laboratory (% & Molarity)
  • Demonstrate basic volume and mass measurement skills - use of pipets, micropipets, & balances
  • Demonstrate use of titrations to verify percent error of previously prepared solutions
  • Demonstrate proper use of a Spectrophotometer and applying its use to Beer's Law and construction of a Standard Curve using MS Excel

Microbiology

  • Demonstrate proper use of aseptic technique when working with various microorganisms
  • Explain different forms of culture media to handle and manipulate various types of microorganisms
  • Demonstrate proper use of microscopes to oil immersion and describe the different parts of the microscope
  • Demonstrate how to stain microorganisms (includes simple, Gram, and endospore stain) and explain the theory behind how the Gram stain works.
  • Understanding and analysis of different factors that affect microbial growth (anticeptics, disinfectants, UV light)
  • Describe how microorganisms can be helpful in various applications of biotechnology (bioremediation & bioprospecting)
  • Investigations in Food Science

DNA Technology

  • Explain how DNA technology has changed over time and how it is used in modern society (including bioethics)
  • Explain the Central Dogma of Biology (DNA --> RNA --> Protein --> Trait)
  • Use BLAST and Serial Cloner software to analyze DNA (Bioinformatics)
  • Demonstrate DNA extraction, Restriction Digest with restriction enzymes, and Gel Electrophoresis
  • Demonstrate and have basic understanding of Transformation, gene expression, and protein purification (pGLO lab)

Forensics

  • Demonstrate Blood Typing, Blood spatter analysis, and antigen-antibody interactions (immunoassays)
  • Identify the anatomy of a hair fiber and identify the unique features of a fingerprint
  • Demonstrate the preparation of a KBr window/pellet for white powder analysis with Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry (FTIR)
  • Use of Thermocycler for DNA analysis via Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).  Also, the student will understand the basic theory behind PCR.

Biofuels

  • Explain and understand the connection between anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and planetary greenhouse effect (climate change). 
  • Analysis and origin of global energy use (including fossil fuel) and sources of biofuels and its use in the United States.  Includes the analysis of origin and fate of carbon and energy in the use of fossil fuel.
  • Demonstrate and understand the chemical reaction used to make biodiesel from waste vegetable oil
  • Demonstrate and understand the chemical and biological processes of how to make cellulosic and corn-based fuel ethanol.  Includes the analysis of origin and fate of carbon and energy during this process.
  • Demonstrate and understand how to interpret fermentation chemical profiles using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

Water Technology

  • Explain the process by which a water resource is treated to produce potable drinking water
  • Explain the various processes that can be utilized to treat wastewater (Exa. Septic tank, trickling filter, stabilization lagoon, activated sludge, etc)
  • Analyze wastewater by laboratory testing methods utilized by MDEQ/Standard Methods for Ammonia, BOD, TSS, Phosphorus, Chlorine, Fecal Coliform
  • Analysis of how activated carbon can be used to reduce common water pollutants

Employability

  • Develop skills in working independently and be self-motivated
  • Develop ability to efficiently complete a task, on-time, and in a team work environment
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to read a Standard Laboratory Operating procedure (SLOP) and complete a task

Work Based Learning Opportunities

Criteria for Work Experience Referral

  1. Classroom performance must be consistent and reliable in the areas you will be performing on your WBL experience.  Placement on any Work Experience will be at the discretion of the Instructor.
  2. Attendance in the classroom must meet an agreed upon consistent and reliable schedule prior to work experience.
  3. Transportation must be obtained that coincides with work experience and home school schedules.
  4. Required medical documentation and permission forms must be completed prior to referral.

Special Program Requirements

  1. Students must have taken and passed a high school level biology and/or chemistry course before enrolling in the program.
  2. Students must wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and NO contact eye lenses before being allowed to enter the laboratory.
  3. Student are required to attend all field trips.  If you do not attend, you will receive a zero in the gradebook for the trip.
  4. All students are required to join Future Farmers of America (FFA) and compete in at least one competitive event, but may opt out if student is already part of an FFA chapter at their local district.  Your attendance to FFA events are required.  Each semester, you will be required to attend at least two (2) after school practice sessions from 3-5pm.  See FFA Google Classroom for dates.
  5. You will be required to complete the Final Exam as a summative assessment at the end of the school year to demonstrate your knowledge.  Failure to attend on the days of the final exam will result in loss of credit on the final exam.

Textbooks & Online Curriculum Resources

  • Daugherty, Ellyn (2007).  Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium. Paradigm, Inc. St. Paul, MN.
  • Daugherty, Ellyn (2007).  Biotechnology: Laboratory Manual. Paradigm, Inc. St. Paul, MN.
  • https://www.icevonline.com/7-12-education/industry-certifications/

Daily Work Habits

Work habits are critical to your success in this class AND in the work place.  Work habits include your overall performance, how well you use your time, attitude toward others, safety, and how well you clean up after yourself.  Work habits are worth 35% of your overall grade.  The procedure for grading your work habits is rather complicated, but I think it is worth the effort for the student to learn the qualities of good work habits while at the Wilson Talent Center.  A full description of the work habits policy will be given at a later time.

Laboratory Attire/Clothing

  • Proper lab attire is expected everyday regardless of whether we are going into the lab.  Students are provided with lockers at school to contain proper laboratory attire.  Students are required to have:
    • Clse-toed shoes
    • Lng pants
    • Clthing that fits close to the body
    • Lab cat
    • Safety glasses!  Mst important!

Laboratory Notebook

  • Notebook is to be left in your locker at all times.  You may take it home to work on it as necessary, but it is very important that it does not get lost!
  • If you lose your notebook, you will be required to rewrite the entire notebook up to the point where you lost it to get credit for doing the notebook.
  • The notebook is the most important documentation used in this class.  Remember that it is worth 20% of your grade (along with FFA project work).

Grading

35% - Work Habits

  • Weekly work habits grades

20% - Notebook and FFA Projects & Competitions

  • Notebook is evaluated at the end of each marking period during the school year
  • Random notebook checks.  Notebooks will be inspected periodically to make sure that you are keeping up with the notebook.

20% - Special Projects / Daily Assignments

  • Routine daily homework assignments
  • Employability (cover letter, resume, and other career related documents)
  • “Moodle Math” – required for all students
  • Special projects are either major projects that will be given during each unit or other small projects given by instructor (exa. review a website and post a reflection or reading on Moodle website).

25% - Tests, Quizzes, & Skills Assessments

  • Quizzes will be given three times per marking period.  If you are not present on the day of the quiz it will be counted as a “0” until the quiz is made up.
  • A comprehensive test over content and skills will be given at the end of each marking period.

Grading Scale

Grade Scale
A 92-100%
A- 90-91%
B+ 88-89%
B 82-87%
B- 80-81%
C+ 78-79%
C 72-77%
C- 70-71%
D+ 68-69%
D 62-67%
D- 60-61%
E 59% and below


Typical Marking Period Grades

The school year is divided into 6 marking periods.  Each Marking Period will consist of the following:

  • One (1) final marking period assessment/exam
  • Two (2) Quizzes
  • One (1) Notebook assessment
  • Assigned Reading
  • Various Daily Assignments, Moodle Math, FFA responsibilities & competitions
  • Cumulative Work Habits Grade

Late Work

Homework and other assignments are due on the day they are due….period.  If you turn in your homework late, it will result in a 50% penalty.  If you have a circumstance beyond your control and you were unable to get the assignment done, you will be allowed ONE opportunity during the school year to turn in a late assignment without penalty, but it will require a parent signature.  See Mr. West for the necessary form.  Finally, all assignments are due at the beginning of class.  If you are hurrying to copy information from your classmate and it is obvious that you did not do the work, this will be counted as a zero for the assignment.

Cell phone / MP3 player

Cell phones are not to be used in the classroom.  Cell phone use has become an ever increasing distraction in the classroom/lab and seriously distracts from learning, especially during direct instruction from the instructor.  Cell phones also invite accidents in the lab due to student distractions.  When a student is more worried about their phone then paying attention to a demonstration or on proper use and safety of equipment in the lab, this is a safety concern.  You will be required to keep your phone in your locker or in the cell phone pockets near my desk.  They are NOT to be in YOUR pocket.  Violation of this policy will result in a discipline report that will go to the office.  Continued violation of this policy will result in a meeting with the Associate Principal.

School Store Policy

  • The school store will be available to the students the first Friday of every month and/or on holidays.
  • School store privileges may be revoked from any or all students based on performance in class.

Fines: Cost for lost/damaged items

  • Sharpie: $2.00; Pens: $0.50
  • Textbook: $66.95
  • Laboratory manual: $36.95; Textbook CD: $14.00
  • Combination lock for locker: $5.00
  • Safety Goggles: $5.00
  • Lab Coat: $26.00
  • If students do not pay fines for textbook damage or lost combination lock for locker, they will receive an incomplete for the class until paid.

Computer Use Policy

  • Computers provided for you during class are to be used for assignments pertaining to Bioscience Careers ONLY, unless otherwise specified.
  • Students will be required to access the class Moodle website to check for assignments, review demos, and other helpful class materials.  This website is an extension of the classroom/laboratory and your behavior and language with other classmates is monitored by the instructor.
  • There will be times during the school year that students will need to have access to a computer and Internet at home.  Students will be responsible for finding computer access on their own.  Please see me prior to an assignment is due if this becomes a problem.

Absence Policy

  • Please refer to the WTC procedure on absences. 
  • *Special Note: if you exceed 2 excused absences per marking period, your work habits will decrease one level from 100 percent for each exceed absence for both the attendance, self-discipline, and quantity of work criteria.

Cheating/Plagiarism

  • If a student cheats or plagiarizes on any assignment, the student will be given a “0” on that particular assignment.  If a student helps another student cheat or plagiarize on an assignment the student will be given a “0” on that assignment.

Lockers

  • You are expected to use your assigned locker for school use ONLY.  You are expected to keep your lockers locked at all times.  Because the lockers should be locked at all times, neither the teacher nor WTC are responsible for lost or stolen items.

Lab Duties

  • Each student will be assigned specific lab duties in the class/lab.  These duties are expected to be performed on a daily basis

iCEV

iCEV is a company that offers industry-backed certifications to students in the Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources career pathway.  It is strongly encouraged that ALL students attempt at least on industry certification during their time at the WTC.  Second year students will be required to complete at least two industry certification before the end of the school year.

My expectations to be successful in class

  • 1) Show up, 2) do the work, 3) work-hard and behave in class/lab!
  • You must enjoy science to be successful
  • Always give 100% effort.  You will learn fast that I do not appreciate or tolerate laziness
  • Do your work and turn it in on time!
  • Get to work when you arrive to class and not quit working until you leave
  • Always work safely in class/lab
  • Treat all students/adults in class as you would like to be treated
  • Learn to work and think independently
  • Clean up after yourself in lab and treat all lab equipment with respect
  • Carelessness in lab cannot be tolerated!  Safety First!
  • It is YOUR responsibility to get caught up in class if you miss a day of school
  • GET YOU READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER!

Typical School Day and “Hours of Instruction”

AM session: 8:00 – 10:15am
PM session: 11:50– 2:00pm

Schools arrive and are dismissed at different times.  Outside the “hours of instruction” the expectation is that you use this class time to finish a lab, work on homework, FFA work, work on iCEV for certifications, ask for help from Mr. West, etc.  Remember, you will receive a zero on late homework, so use your time wisely.  This helps develop good work habits.

Special Note to Parents

Parents, I am asking for your help with our cell phone policy during the “hours of instruction” described above.  I want to be a true steward of your child’s education and cell phones have become a barrier to their attention and classroom efforts.  In some cases, the cell phone distractions could cause your child to miss important safety directions.  Furthermore, social media has also had some negative impacts in the classroom in recent years.  Please be aware that your child will be unable to send and receive texts during this time and that if there is an emergency and you need to reach your child, please contact the main office at 517.244.1330.  Please save this contact number in your phone for future use.

Please be advised that students will be asked to either place their cell phones in a secure designated place near the teacher’s desk or the student may choose to keep their phone locked in their locker for the duration of the “hours of instruction”.  They will not be permitted to keep their phone on them during class/lab.  If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to call me to discuss this matter further.

Program Syllabus - Year 2

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course Title

BioScience Careers - Year 2

National Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Pathway

Michigan Career Pathway

Natural Resources & Agri-Science Biotechnology Pathway

Instructor(s)

Toby West
517.244.1357
B.S. Biology
M.S. Biology
M.Ed.

Caitlyn Carpenter
517.244.1346

Types of Credit

One full fourth year math credit
One full third year science credit
Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit
World Language credit

Articulation Agreements

Davenport University
Lansing Community College (see Mr. West if interested)

My Goals for You this Year:

  • Develop good time management and independent work/study habits
  • Manage multiple projects at the same time (multitasking skills)
  • Build your resume, develop your skills, and obtain industry certifications
  • Work experience and develop your personal professional network
  • Be able to adhere to due dates without reminders
  • Participate in FSU 150 English class to experience a college level course
  • Strengthen your leadership skills through public speaking opportunities

Expectations for You:

  • Complete science fair project that you can show at the FFA State Agriscience fair and/or the WTC Showcase Night in May
  • Complete at least 2 industry certifications
  • Compete in at least one FFA Career Development Event (CDE) or World Food Prize or another project TBD by Mr. West
  • Complete an Industry Work-Based Learning experience with local industry partner
  • Earn 3 college English credits (if you meet minimum requirements) or additional high school English credit.
  • Expectations are that you will help with 10th gr tours, 8th gr visits, and other leadership opportunities as they arise.
  • You will be expected to a good mentor of 1st year students when they need help or assistance in the lab
  • Behave in a professional, responsible manner at all times.  Treat school as your job and your teachers as a supervisor in the workplace.
  • You will repeat particular aspects of 1st year Bioscience Curriculum to strengthen your knowledge and skill.

Grading Your Success and Progress

  • All assignment due dates that go along with the requirements described below for each marking period will be loaded into PowerSchool each marking period.  It is YOUR responsibility to check PowerSchool and document on your own the required due dates.  It is NOT the responsibility of Mr. West or Ms. Carpenter to remind you.  Late work will result in 0%.  There are not many grades in the grade book each semester so one missed grade could result in a quick drop in grades.
  • You will also be held to the same work habits standards as in your first year and since you are working as an independent study student, you will be held to strict standards on how well are you using your time.  This includes, meeting deadlines, talking excessively during class time, are you abusing computer and phone privileges, are you following proper PPE when working in the laboratory.
  • If you are consistently off-task or interfering with the work of others, you will be asked to sit in the office to do your work and your work habit grades will be marked down.
  • Work Habits: Everyone will start the marking period at 100% and will drop down to 87%, 75%, 55%, and 0% for each infraction.  It will NOT be an average across the whole marking period.

Work Based Learning Experience

  • This is a critical opportunity for you to develop work skills used in industry.  It is also an experience that you can use to develop your professional network and develop your resume.  Since this opportunity takes place off school grounds and bus transportation will NOT be provided, students MUST provide their own transportation to their work site.
  • Because you represent the Wilson Talent Center with our local work-based learning partners, there will be a strict attendance, grade, and work habits requirement to go on WBL
  • If you become ineligible for WBL and remain at WTC, you will receive a zero for all aspects of WBL.  Instructors will not create specialized curriculum for ineligible WBL students.

Attendance, General Work Habits, and Grade Requirements for Work Based Learning

  • If you exceed 2 unexcused absence or 6 excused absences during the first semester (MP 1-3) of the school year you will become ineligible for the work-based learning experience and may recommend your return to your home school at the end of semester 1 or Trimester 2
  • If your overall grade results in less than an 77% (C+) in Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3, you will become ineligible for the work-based learning experience and may recommend your return to your home school at the end of Semester 1 or Trimester 2
  • You will be required to attend 2 after school practices or FFA meetings per semester.

Marking Period 1: Ends October 9, 2020

Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Google Classroom Assignment: Goals for this year assignment.  (20 points)
  • Lab Safety Test (Exam View) (% on Lab Safety Test)
    • Students will participate in ALL aspects f Lab Safety Unit and take the Lab Safety Test. 
  • Science Fair Responsibilities (See Rubric in Science Fair Tab of Binder)
    • Full rubric and due dates are in your binder
  • Demonstrate Proficiency as determined by Mr. West; may include:
    • Know the names of various lab equipment (20 points)
    • Demo that student can accurately chose and measure liquids and mass (20 points)
    • MS Excel lesson plans with Mrs. Stump (25 points)
  • Weekly Work Logs of what you accomplished for the week completed on Moodle.  See Assignment on Moodle.  Your response should be at least 5 complete sentences.  (60 points)
  • Student info assignment on Google Classroom (40 points)
  • See Rubric for CDE Skills Competition (See Rubric)

Marking Period 2: Ends November 20, 2020

*Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Developed data for science fair project & troubleshoot procedures to redo parts of experiment. (30 points)
  • Science Fair Responsibilities 
    • Full rubric and due dates are in your binder (See Rubric)
  • Be able to identify three placements for Work-Based Learning and contact information for those employers (30 points)
  • Demonstrate Proficiency as determined by Mr. West; may include joining the Year 1 Students 
    • The Standard Curve (Lab 3g in Lab Manual) (50 points)
    • Pass with 75% minimum n solution making quiz 
    • Demo that you can make 5 culture plates of Nutrient Agar (15 points)
    • Prepare a successful streakplate isolation of a known bacteria (25 points)
    • Successful Gram stain of known bacteria (25 points)
  • Complete 1/3 of the lessons of your chosen 1st iCEV Industry Certification.  Please do all lessons in order.  Make you do ALL assessments at the end of each lesson! (Note: you must complete all lessons at 70% or higher to count toward your grade) (average score from all lessons)
  • Weekly Work Logs of what you accomplished for the week completed on Moodle.  See Assignment on Moodle.  Your response should be at least 5 complete sentences
  • LinkedIn Assignment (See Ms. Carpenter) (60 points)
  • See Rubric for CDE Skills Competition

Marking Period 3: Ends January 15, 2021

Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Science Fair Responsibilities (See Rubric in Science Fair Tab of Binder)
    • Full rubric and due dates are in your binder
  • Final grade from FSU 150 included into marking period 3 grade (as determined by FSU150)
  • Complete and up-to-date Cover Letter, Resume, and Application (60 points)
  • Participate in a minimum of two mock interviews.  Must be present for interviews or you will receive a zero without a doctor’s note. (40 points)
  • Complete the OSHA CareerSafe Training Modules for OSHA certification.  Score on exam will be included in grade book. (% on Final Exam for Certificate)
  • Complete 2/3 of the lessons of your chosen 1st iCEV Industry Certification. Make you do ALL assessments at the end of each lesson! (Note: you must complete all lessons at 70% or higher to count toward your grade)
  • Job Shadow/Interview with WBL Site Coordinator (40 points)
  • Demonstrate Proficiency as determined by Mr. West; may include joining the 1st Year Students:
    • Successfully use PCR t amplify 16s rRNA from Pet Microbe (30 points)
    • Prepare an agrse gel and perform Gel Electrophoresis on PCR product from E. coli (30 points)
  • You will give a PowerPoint presentation to the class detailing your science fair project and the results.  Must be a minimum of 10 minute presentation. (60 points)
  • See Rubric for CDE Skills Competition

Marking Period 4: Ends February 26, 2021

Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Goals Reflection Assignment on Google Classroom (40 points)
  • Science Fair Responsibilities (See Rubric in Science Fair Tab of Binder)
    • Full rubric and due dates are in your binder
  • Complete 1st iCEV certification and take Final Exam for certification (average score from all lessons)
  • Complete 1st  1/3 of the lessons of 2nd iCEV Industry Certification – Professional Communications (average score from all lessons)
  • Weekly Work Logs of what you accomplished for the week completed on Moodle.  See Assignment on Moodle.  Your response should be at least 5 complete sentences (60 points)
  • Complete all paperwork requirements for work-based learning experience
  • Demonstrate Proficiency as determined by Mr. West; may include joining the 1st Year Students
    • Successfully identify an unknown white powder using FTIR (20 points)
    • Successfully run a fermentation profile on HPLC from a corn fermentation (20 points)
    • Successfully run an analysis f distilled ethanol on GC (20 points)
  • See Rubric for CDE Skills Competition

Marking Period 5:  Ends April 16, 2021

*Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Attend and compete at Science Fair at State Convention (100 points)
  • Complete 2/3 of the lessons of Professional Communications 2nd iCEV Industry Certification on own time or on Friday’s when you are not on WBL (average score from all lessons)
  • Begin Work-based learning (4 days per week, 60 points)
  • Weekly Work Logs/Discussions of what you accomplished for the week completed on Moodle.  See Assignment on Moodle.  Your response should be at least 5 complete sentences.  These should be done for WBL experience.
  • Compete at FFA Skills Competition at MSU Pavilion, April 20th (100 points)
  • Weekly Timesheets turned into Mr. LaRue every Friday either in person or electronically.  NO EXCEPTIONS! (40/pts per week)
  • See Rubric for CDE Skills Competition

Marking Period 6:  Ends June 9, 2021

*Always check PowerSchool for due dates of assignments!

Responsibilities - How you will be graded?

  • Work-based Learning (4 days per week).  You will be graded on your final evaluation
  • Complete 3/3 of the lessons of your chosen 2nd iCEV Industry Certification (average score from all lessons)
  • Complete Final Exam for 2nd iCEV certification – Professional Communications
  • Weekly Work Logs of what you accomplished for the week completed on Moodle.  See Assignment on Moodle.  Your response should be at least 5 complete sentences.  These should be done for WBL experience. (60 points)
  • Weekly Timesheets turned into Mr. LaRue every Friday either in person or electronically.  NO EXCEPTIONS! (40 points/week)
  • Thank you letter to your work-based learning supervisor (40 points)

Mentorship of First Year Students

  • Helping them learn where laboratory tools are kept in the lab
  • Helping to learn skills, procedures, and safety in the lab
  • Helping to run equipment in the lab
  • Helping with FFA projects and skills

Lab Tech Duties

  • Assisting all students in skills
  • Help Mr. West & Ms. Carpenter keep lab areas clean and orderly
  • Run samples for students on HPLC & GC
  • Prep culture media, solutions, set equipment out for 1st year students
  • Clean glassware as needed

Photos from the BioScience Careers Program . . .

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