Biotechnology: A Hand's on Experience Offered Through Summer Youth Program

Published on: May 23, 2007

Lone Star College-Kingwood is excited to offer Biotechnology: A Hand's On Experience through the summer youth program - Discovery College.  The course is designed to use hands-on experiments to introduce students to the science of biotechnology. Participants will learn the full breadth of biotechnology ranging from DNA analysis to product manufacturing.

The program is part of an international project called Shoestring Biotechnology, which was developed by the National Association of Biology Teachers with funding from the National Science Foundation. Lone Star College-Kingwood biology professor, Dr. Brian Shmaefsky, co-directed the development team. The project is now administered by the Biotechnology Institute which trains hundreds of teachers each year. 

Dr. Shmaefsky was an industrial biochemist during the advent of biotechnology and a professor in the Lone Star College System Biotechnology Program which is now housed at Lone Star College–Montgomery. He currently advises and consults in global biotechnology development and continues to train teachers on Shoestring Biotechnology through the Biotechnology Institute.

Discovery College classes are offered Monday through Friday and change weekly. Morning sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and afternoon sessions will be held 1-5 p.m. Students may attend mornings, afternoons, or both. Those attending all day will need to bring a sack lunch. The fee for each course is $85.

A safe and convenient drop-off and pick-up campus site has been established, where parents can leave their children in the hands of a responsible student assistant and meet them in the same spot after camp. Students will be escorted to classrooms everyday.

"We are very conscientious about child safety," said Terry Hebert, Discovery College Administrator. "No student will be able to go from place to place without a youth counselor escort."

The program has become so popular, many students attend multiple sessions, classes fill quickly and early registration is recommended. For more information on Lone Star College-Kingwood's Discovery College call 281-312-1660 or visit the website at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/discoverycollege.

Looking to update work force skills or just want to take a class for fun? Lone Star College-Kingwood's Continuing Education Division provides a variety of certificates, courses and experiences that encourage professional development and lifelong learning.

Students can register now for summer terms I and II, and fall three ways: online, by telephone and on-site. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/registration.

The first session of summer classes begins June 4 through July 11 with the second session beginning July 12 through Aug. 16. For more information about summer classes, call 281-312-1600 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu for a complete schedule of classes.

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.