The Science of Modern Agriculture: GMOs - a Discussion in the Media, the Classroom, and at the Dinner Table

This web seminar took place on October 4, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Valerie Bayes, STEM Engagement Lead, Larry Gilbertson, Genomics Strategy Lead, and Lisa Kanizay, Plant Biologist. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

Learn more about the science of modern agriculture. Genetic modification goes by many names: Genetic Engineering, GMOs, Biotechnology, and Recombinant DNA. Though similar techniques have been used to save lives in the pharmaceutical industry (insulin) and to produce delicious cheeses (rennin), when it comes to crops, the technology comes with great controversy. In this web seminar we will discuss Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) - What they are, what they aren’t, the benefits, and the challenges. During the session educators will be provided with tools for classroom discussions, debates, and hands-on lesson plans.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I learned more about how GMOs are created. I also learned more about the terminology and the difference between transgenics and other forms of making GMOs."
  • "I gained a few resources to use in my classroom. I thought the classroom kit for growing your own GMOs was really interesting and something I would like to use in my future classroom."
  • What I enjoyed learning about was the real world examples of each method of modifying organisms."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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