Edvotek Road Trip — NSTA Area Meeting in Richmond, VA

Last week, we kicked off our busy fall conference schedule with the NSTA Area Meeting in Richmond, VA. Richmond is just a stone's throw away from our headquarters in Washington, D.C., so we packed up our truck and got on the road.  While in Richmond,…

DNA Barcoding: Identifying Organisms at the Molecular Level

How would you identifying all the species in the picture? You could consult a field guide, ask a mycologist (a person who specializes in fungi), or you could sequence its DNA. This last choice is becoming increasingly popular and is…

Biotechnology Basics – What is a Model Organism?

What is a model organism? A model organism is any plant, animal or microorganism that allows us to study fundamental questions in biology that may be hard to study directly in complex organisms like humans. What are some characteristics of…

Linking Biotechnology to Physical Science and Engineering Standards

For those of you who have not read our overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, please read it here. In brief, the Next Generation Science Standards are a set of guidelines that focus on preparing students for careers in…