iXplore Biotechnology Education and Resource Program (BioTech Ed) provides high school educators with professional development and training in biotechnology and bioinformatics and the resources needed to implement 21st century genetics curricula— such as Maine Barcode of Life, Decoding Our Pets, eDNA Testing and Forensic Mysteries.
The IXplore Bio-Tech Ed program trains teachers during professional development programs, after school, or during class-time. Participants learn how to use a variety of technologies including DNA extraction methods, gene amplification (PCR), electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, and genetic engineering. Teachers also learn how to use bio-informatics tools to analyze the genetic code. Teachers who complete training gain access to Mobile Laboratory Kits and supplies (at no cost) to implement genetics labs in their classrooms.