Biotechnology class at Northern Vance receives grant funding

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 08:23 PM


Recently, Justyn Phelps, teacher of the biotechnology class at Northern Vance High School, successfully applied for a grant from Burroughs Wellcome.
In late October, she was notified of the grant award, totalling $4,476. The grant is from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics. Phelps’ grant application was entitled, “Biotechnology Lab Equipment, Supplies and Training.”
The class was offered for the first time this school year. Phelps plans to use the funds for teacher training, as well as purchasing much needed equipment and supplies for the students.
Renovations to the school’s science labs should be completed by next school year, but there is also still a pressing need for supplies and materials.
Phelps has used grant funds from Novozymes and the Vance County Farm Bureau to purchase some items for the class, including textbooks.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund supports teachers of grades K-12 in their efforts to promote enthusiasm for science and mathematics by funding materials, equipment and supplies used to implement high quality, hands-on science and/or mathematics curriculum and classroom activities.