Explore the Power and Promise of Biotechnology
New!HOSA Competitive Event in Biotechnology
Bio-Rad Laboratories, a global leader in the biotechnology industry, is excited to partner with HOSA to bring a new competitive event in biotechnology.
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Skills Planning Guide
Biotechnology encompasses “the science behind the medicine,” the tools and techniques used in medical research in the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and more. Today's students hold the promise of tomorrow’s disease interventions and cures in their hands. Biotechnology will provide them with the tools they will need.
Career opportunities in biotechnology extend from laboratory-based research to clinical diagnostics, biomanufacturing, as well as regulatory and legal affairs. The Biotechnology Competitive Event provides HOSA members with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required in a laboratory setting. It aims to inspire members to learn more about biotechnology careers.
For complete rules and guidelines, and for sample questions, scenarios and grading rubrics, please visit the HOSA website.
This written test will consist of 50 multiple choice items in a maximum of 60 minutes. Topics include:
Top scoring competitors advance to Round Two.
Round Two involves a hands-on skills assessment of one of the following:
Keep an eye on this page. It will be updated with more resources for HOSA members and Advisors in the coming months.
Resources to help you prepare for the HOSA Biotechnology Competitive Event include the following:
Biotechnology: A Laboratory Textbook
A primary resource for the Biotechnology Competitive Event, this textbook blends science background and hands-on laboratory activities with real-world applications to help prepare students for this event and beyond. The Teacher Supplement also provides preparation instructions and implementation guides.
HOSA Biotechnology Competitive Event YouTube Playlist
This dedicated playlist includes videos that demonstrate the hands-on skills that make up the Round Two Skills portion of the competitive event.
Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, AP® Edition
This textbook is recommended by HOSA for understanding the biology behind biotechnology in more depth (available from National Geographic Learning).
This website is filled with information about career paths and opportunities within biotechnology.
Bio-Rad also offers a range of resources for students and teachers on the exam topics as well as other topics related to biotechnology and the life sciences.
- Classroom Resources — PowerPoint presentations, resource pages, paper activities and more
- Bio-Rad Explorer YouTube Channel — a curated library of videos that supplement learning or detail lab activities
- Bio-Rad Explorer Events — register for our free webinars and workshops
Bio-Rad offers the supplies needed for the Round Two Skills portion of the competitive event.
Equipment and Supplies
Visit the following product pages for equipment and consumables related to the Biotechnology Competitive Event:
The following kits provide the reagents and consumables needed for students to learn and prepare the Round Two Skills portion of the competitive event. They require equipment that is common to most Biology or AP Biology classroom labs.
Visit these product pages for more information and supplemental instructional materials and learning resources.