Meeting to study bioscience education in Ohio’s high schools

August 20, 2009

The 1st Annual BioOhio Education Summit on September 1 will provide a forum for Ohio’s secondary education community to discuss expanding bioscience curriculum in Ohio’s schools. BioOhio is the state’s bioscience membership and development organization.

The event will be held from 9:30am to 3:30pm, at the TechColumbus Center near the Ohio State University campus. Registration is free. The summit is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), based in Washington, D.C.

Planning of the BioOhio Education Summit was catalyzed by the May 2009 report “Taking the Pulse of Bioscience Education in America,” prepared by Battelle in cooperation with BIO and the Biotechnology Institute. The report is the first ever comprehensive study of middle and high school bioscience education in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Based on patterns of student performance, Ohio and seven other states were placed in the “Leaders of the Pack” category. But the overall message is that states across America are failing to prepare middle and high school students for pursuing biosciences in higher education – a key pipeline for developing the bioscience workforce of the future.

Marianne Clark of Battelle’s Technology Partnership Practice will present results of the report and discuss suggestions for improvement, both nationwide and specific to Ohio. A best practices panel will feature high school educators who have implemented successful bioscience programs in their schools. A higher education panel session featuring university professors and a workforce preparedness panel including industry representatives will discuss skill sets required to pursue bioscience degrees and careers. Additional agenda information is available on the BioOhio web site, www.bioohio.com.

“While we’ll begin the event by celebrating Ohio’s leadership status, we want the remainder of the day committed to motivating and educating our attendees,” said BioOhio Communications Director Matt Schutte. “The ultimate outcome is for the teachers and administrators in the audience to go back to their schools and initiate or expand bioscience curriculum.”