ABE Implementation Assistance

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ABE Volunteers are available to assist you in the classroom during the school year. They are all fully ABE trained and have completed background checks through the San Diego County Office of Education. In addition, they love to share their research experience and career path with your students. Please contact me at: biotech@workforce.org to contact a volunteer and schedule a visit.

Here is an example of Sam’s experience in the classroom:

“Working with Trudy (LSSI ABE Teacher), it was obvious that the students were really enthusiastic about the labs. ABE provides amazing materials that are accessible to both students and teachers– the toughest aspect of the labs is making sure you’re efficient enough to get things done in time. 

It would take forever to go through each lab and nitpick how every minute of time is spent, but here’s an example:

In laboratory 5, they provide a flowchart (page 137 in the Teacher Guide). About half way down, they say to keep P- and P+ tubes on ice for 15 minutes and then label LB, LB/Amp, and LB/amp/ara plates. First, the P- and P+ tubes would be fine if they were kept on ice for just 5 minutes. Second, plates can be labeled by students while they are waiting for their tubes to sit. There is another incubation period later in the protocol, and the same rules apply. 

In addition, the plates don’t need to be placed at 37 degrees for 24 hours if a teacher does not have an incubator. They can actually be placed at room temp for ~3-4 days and it should yield the same results. Plates with colonies can always be left at 4 degrees. They’re good for months. 

I’m more than happy to nitpick labs 1 on 1 with teachers. As I mentioned, they are always welcome to email me and we can set up a time to talk about how they can cut down on wait time for whatever lab they plan to do, and make small changes that will allow them to complete the labs even if their classroom setup or resources are less than ideal. This may allow them to do a lab they thought they couldn’t do otherwise.”

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