Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Georgia Bio Launches First Statewide Bioscience Education Website

Georgia Bio has launched www.georgiabioed.org, the state’s first website dedicated to disseminating information about bioscience-specific education and workforce development efforts. The site was designed to promote better communication among educators, students, and employers about bioscience careers, specialized training, educational opportunities, publications and other activities promoting life science education in the state.

A key function of the site is the Visiting Scientist Program, where Georgia Bio members can register online to be part of a volunteer corps to visit k-12 classrooms and speak about bioscience careers and their interests in science. Georgia Bio aims to develop a large pool of potential volunteers to tap into as outreach opportunities arise during the school year. Registrants can specify their personal preferences for student age, school location, availability and topics. Educators similarly can contact Georgia Bio online to request a visit from a science professional, and Georgia Bio will match the request to one of its volunteers in the database, and then contact the volunteer to schedule.

The new bioscience education website provides a critical connection the educational community with Georgia’s life science industry to bring more awareness of careers and the relevance of science directly to students. The goal is to obtain participation from at least one employee in each of Georgia Bio’s member organizations in the Visiting Scientist database, bringing a wide variety of careers which use science – ranging from attorneys to customer service to sales and research – into Georgia’s classrooms.

This website was made possible by a grant to Georgia Bio from the Georgia Power Foundation.

Visit the Website Here

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