Ivy Tech Biotech Boot Camp offers teens a fun STEM experience

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is holding a Biotech Boot Camp for high school students June 26 to 30 at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. During the summer camp, teens spend a week in a real laboratory, manipulating molecules using high-tech equipment used in the biotechnology industry. The camp is intended to interest high school students in the field and build a workforce pipeline for STEM careers in the region.

“The local biotechnology industry has been rapidly growing with recent technological advancements, expanding beyond pharmaceuticals and basic medical devices into regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, combination devices, personalized medicine and more,” said Dr. Sengyong Lee, biotechnology program chair. “Educating young students about this field and career options is becoming more important as the need for a skilled workforce grows.”

In addition to summer camps, Ivy Tech is hosting a two-week workshop this summer to train high school teachers to teach dual credit biotechnology courses. Courses will enable high school students to earn college credits that count toward biotechnology certificates and associate degrees.

“This workshop will help us to establish an educational and workforce pipeline into higher-paying careers for students,” said Lee. “The development of our dual credit partnership with high schools has been encouraged by some of our local employers, such as Cook Pharmica and Duke Energy, both of whom financially supported the program.”

Lee says that he hopes Biotech Boot Camp and teacher workshops will help educators and the general public to understand that biotechnology careers do not include an intimidating level of math and science.

Biotech Boot Camp is one of many Ivy Tech youth summer camps in the STEM field, including Architecture & 3D Design, Model Rocketry, Minecraft In Real Life, and Camp Invention. Camps with spaces still available for kids and teens can be found online at ivytech.edu/youth.

Ivy Tech Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy seeks applicants

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. There is no fee to participate.

Participants will engage in leadership development activities on Saturdays October 21, October 28, and November 11, 2017 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. These weekends will take place at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. From January through April 2018, students will meet twice a month with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. Meeting days will be determined by the group participants and mentor. In April 2018, students will make a final presentation of their project at a public event on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus.

The deadline to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, September 8. To apply, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified September 15. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at jdailymantha@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6006.