Captivating Science Education
It takes a village! As if shrinking school budgets and the fast pace of scientific discovery weren’t enough, add in the Next Generation Science Standards, Advanced Placement redesign, and the economic imperative to develop a pipeline of students ready for STEM careers. The good news is, all of these changes point to students developing the skills needed to compete in the 21st century. As a company that develops and manufactures instruments and reagents for the life science industry, research methods and engineering practices are part of our DNA. Bio-Rad believes that the biotechnology industry should play an integral role in supporting education by helping to develop today’s students as tomorrow’s scientists, problem solvers, and leaders. We focus on providing teachers with the best resources possible so you can focus on what you do best — teach!
"Bio-Rad products have made learning Biotechnology fun and accessible to students."
Adrienne Fong Hiram Johnson High School, Sacramento, California
The Bio-Rad Explorer Program not only provides classroom materials and curricula but also support for teachers just like you — including professional development opportunities, teaching resources, and access to the Explorer Community, where you can make connections with other teachers and scientists, find collaborative opportunities, and contribute to shared resources made by teachers for teachers.
Bio-Rad Explorer Kits and Curricula
The Bio-Rad Explorer Kit Curriculum Manuals have long set the standard for in-depth teacher background and preparation information with easy-to-implement student lab protocols and inquiry guides. In our lab textbook, Biotechnology: A Laboratory Skills Course, educators are provided with a comprehensive solution for implementing core labs using a skills-based approach. Biotechnology may seem like a science with a very specialized set of techniques and concepts. The reality, however, is that molecular biology and biotechnology skills and concepts are now integrated into all life science disciplines. Biotechnology actually provides a toolkit for exploration in multiple subject areas from basic biology to ecology, biomedical sciences, and agriculture.
Bio-Rad's Bio-Rad Explorer Kits are designed by teachers and scientists to integrate real-world biology topics and effective pedagogical practices. These kits provide hands-on activities that will inspire curiosity in your students, infuse inquiry into your lesson plans, and introduce innovation into your classroom.
"The kits are so well organized, easy to use, and self-contained, which allows my classes to do many more interesting investigations than would be possible without Bio-Rad as a resource."
Kristine Corolis Ridley College, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Partners in Education
Several organizations have developed curricula based on Bio-Rad’s robust kits and textbook. Visit the Explorer Community — Partners in Education page for more information regarding these specialized programs, including:
- The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program
- Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
Teacher Professional Development
We can help you! Keep current with the latest life science advances and discoveries, align with education standards, and maximize student achievement. Bio-Rad’s curriculum training specialists work with educators to help provide engaging and inquiry-based life science education in ways that align with curriculum and skills development goals. Join us at national, regional, and local science education conferences for hands-on experience, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for on-site professional development — designed to fit your needs and surpass your expectations.
My interaction with Bio-Rad's technical support specialist was just wonderful! This is one reason why Bio-Rad is my number one favorite science supply company. I wish the others were even a fraction as good as Bio-Rad!"
Janet Hamilton Shenandoah Valley Governor's School, Fishersville, Virginia
Teaching Resources and Support
Looking for classroom-ready resources and materials to prepare you for new techniques and content? Check out our new Explorer Community online to access a host of free resources, including curriculum and skills development goals. Join us at national, regional, and local science education conferences for hands-on experience, or contact us at email@example.com for on-site professional development — designed to fit your needs and surpass your expectations.
- Technique videos
- Curriculum manuals
- Standards alignment
- PowerPoint presentations
- Educator-submitted lesson plans, extensions, and inquiry-based teaching approaches
You don’t have to do it alone. All Explorer kits and products come with Bio-Rad’s outstanding support services. Whether you need help choosing an Explorer Kit, preparing for your lab, or just want to give us feedback, we are here when you need us.
Collaboration with other education suppliers and organizations that share our vision of providing the best experiences for science education enriches the options and support for all. To enhance our mission, the Biotechnology Explorer program partners with a number of organizations that exemplify our values:
- Vernier Software & Technology — experts in data collection and analysis
- Bio-Link — National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences
- Science Buddies — encouraging aspiring young scientists through science fairs
- Visit our Partners in Education page for more