This video from the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center highlights Bruce Boller, biological sciences teacher at Bertie Early College High School (an NC New Schools network school) and winner of the 2014 Outstanding 9-16 Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes a teacher who excels at improving STEM education in North Carolina.
Students in Mr. Boller’s classroom are actively engaged in work that does not mimic biotechnology techniques and ideas, but rather creates products that are useful in industry. For instance, through his work with Koci Lab at North Carolina State University, which students have formed a biotech company that will develop and carry out a protocol to produce and purify Recombinant Avian Cytokine for use in Dr. Koci’s and others’ research. Students are learning on the ground what it takes to produce products that are usable, learning the realities of biotechnology research and development as well as real world techniques and issues related to this work.