Classroom Peek: AHS Biotech
Alameda High students enrolled in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Biotech Pathway led 9th grade biology classes through a lab experiment last week! The experiment focused on using pKiwi (DNA that includes a gene for creating green fluorescence) to transform bacteria. CTE Biotech teacher Alissa Hoeft and her Lab Tech Frances Pratt devised the plan and oversaw the peer teaching.
The goal of structuring this unit was to give the current biotech students an opportunity to demonstrate their depth of knowledge, to give 9th graders a taste of the biotech program, and to encourage them to consider enrolling in the Biotech CTE pathway. This initiative is supported with funding from a Strong Workforce grant called "Biotech Talent Pipeline" that we share with Laney College and Bay Area Bioscience Education Community.
"I think the best way for students to understand something is to teach it to someone else," Ms. Hoeft says. "I was very proud watching all of my students take charge of teaching the lab."