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Competition Aims to Engage Students to Broaden Understanding of Biotechnological Advancements

ELK GROVE, Calif. – May 11, 2017 – Sheldon High School Bio-Technology Academy students walked away with 19 awards in the 2017 Teen Biotech Challenge (TBC) using website design. With biotechnology transforming daily lives in agriculture, medicine, biofuels and bioremediation, products developed using advanced biological techniques span a wide range of commercial and humanitarian applications. The Teen Biotech Challenge aims to promote awareness and understanding of the many ways biotechnology positively impacts society and motivates participating students to gain skills in research and creative web design while achieving recognition from peers, educators and members of the biotech community.

The challenge is open to students in grades 9-12 who are tasked to choose a biotech topic within one of seven designated focus areas: Agricultural Biotechnology; Computational & Systems Biology; Drug Discovery & Biomanufacturing; Environmental Biotechnology; Nanobiotechnology; Personal Genomics & Human Health; and Regenerative Medicine. Using their own research, students developed web pages that illustrated the chosen technology’s impact on society. Then, students developed an educational website that was judged for adherence to contest directions, quality of information, web design, and overall presentation.

Student winners will be recognized at the 2017 Teen Biotech Challenge Awards Symposium at UC Davis, which will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on the University of California, Davis campus. During the evening’s program, first place students will deliver brief oral remarks on their biotech topic and experiences building the website. In addition to student presentations, the program will include a keynote address on a current biotech topic, remarks from academic programs and business partners and the awards presentations.

Winners from Sheldon High School:

Award Student Name(s) Sponsor Teacher Website Name URL
Computational & Systems Biology
First Place Jenny Chen Jason Brennan The Human Microbiome: The Trillions of You http://jennychenn.wixsite.com/humanmicrobiome
Second Place Tracy Ly Robert Fendall De-Extinction: The Resurrection of Species http://tracythanhly.wixsite.com/deextinction
Drug Discovery & Biomanufacturing
First Place Monserath Mendoza Robert Fendall HIV in Biotechnology http://monserathm.wixsite.com/hivdiscovery
Second Place (TIE) Giselle Toscano Jason Brennan Battle Against Cancer: Moderation of Cancer Treatments http://gigikams18.wixsite.com/mysite
Environmental Biotechnology
First Place Reinier Bautista Jason Brennan Bioplastics http://rbsnake1121.wixsite.com/mysite
Second Place (TIE) Diana Pham Kelli Kosney Microbial Fuel Cells: An Organic Way of Energy http://dianapham34.wixsite.com/microbialfuelcells
Third Place Amy Tran Jason Brennan The Power of Bioplastics http://amytran120.wixsite.com/mysite
First Place Emily Tran Jason Brennan Nanotechnology: The Small Additions to a Big Future http://emilyhmtran.wixsite.com/nanotech
Second Place (TIE) Shaniya Singh Kelli Kosney DNA Sequencing: Exploring the Depths of Life www.singhshaniya28.wixsite.com/dnasequencing
Second Place (TIE) Priscilla Nguyen Robert Fendall Biosensors http://pensensors.wixsite.com/biosensors
Third Place Melody Chan Laura Ziegenhirt A Bright Future: Nanomedicine http://melodygchan.wixsite.com/nanomedicine
Personal Genomics & Human Health
First Place (TIE) Jonathan Nguyen Robert Fendall Impacting Reproduction Through Biotechnology http://fabuthan0.wixsite.com/reproductivehealth
Second Place Vivian Nguyen Justin Cecil Wonders of Gene Editing https://viviannguyen1180.wixsite.com/geneediting
Third Place (TIE) Nicole Hoang Laura Ziegenhirt The Human Genome http://nicolenhoang.wixsite.com/humangenome
Third Place (TIE) Rosa Delgadillo and Maryyum Riaz Kelli Kosney Breast Cancer: Tough Times don’t last but Tough People do http://cancerinsight.wixsite.com/breastcancer
Regenerative Medicine
Third Place (TIE) Hayeon Kim Kelli Kosney Artificial Organs – Solving the Organ Transplant Crises http://hayeonkim83.wixsite.com/mysite
Honorable Mention Aneka Chakraborty Laura Ziegenhirt Biotechnology’s Role in the Cure for Neurodegenerative Disease https://luc1ddream1ng.wixsite.com/neuro
Honorable Mention Jule Dao Jason Brennan Bioprinting: Developing Organs on Demand https://juledao1800.wixsite.com/bioprinting
Honorable Mention QuocViet Dam Robert Fendall Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells http://quocvietdam01.wixsite.com/ipsc


About the Teen Biotech Challenge (TBC)

TBC is a science challenge that encourages high school students to demonstrate their understanding of biotechnology’s impact on our world. Participating students will develop research and presentation skills, and most importantly, have fun learning about new technologies.
Biotechnology is a part of daily life. From agriculture to medicine, biofuels to bioremediation, the products developed using advanced biological techniques span a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Through the Teen Biotech Challenge, the hope is to promote awareness and understanding of the many ways that biotechnology positively impacts society. Today’s teens will be tomorrow’s voting population and workforce. There are exciting prospects ahead, both for students interested in biotech careers and for all people interested in living high quality lives.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 14 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

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