Workshop Type:  Special Topic
Intended Audience:  High school Science or CTE (Heath Occupations) teachers and 8th grade Science teachers
Prerequisite:  None

With what seems like increasing frequency since the 1990s, we hear news reports about deaths resulting from the outbreak of diseases caused by bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics.  Since the discovery of penicillin, antibiotics have been the most potent weapon against infectious disease.  The most recent outbreak in the headlines involves carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which, while rare, can kill up to half the individuals infected.

This four-day workshop will include information on antibiotics and how they work, the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their impact on public health, and steps that can be taken to reduce the incidence of antibiotic resistance. The workshop will address the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Essential Standards for Biology, Career Technical Education (Health Occupations) and the Standards for 8th grade Science.

The first part of the workshop will focus on introducing teachers to the science and art of public health. Examining the challenges of health issues at the population or community level will highlight often overlooked strategies used by public health workers to keep communities safe. The second part of the workshop will feature lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities focusing on the biology of bacteria, the biological targets of the various antibiotic classes, and how resistance develops and spreads. Activities for this section will illustrate how antibiotic sensitivity is measured and applied in laboratory and clinical settings.

The last section will tie these concepts together by focusing on the public health aspects of antibiotic resistance and the many areas in which the use of antibiotics impact our society, including agriculture and medicine.


This workshop is designed for science and allied health teachers in high school and 8th grade teachers in middle school; and is intended for teachers teaching at North Carolina Academic Institutions ONLY. If you do not meet these qualifications, please return to our Summer Workshop schedule, which lists our other Summer Workshops in Biotechnology being offered this summer.  This year's selection offers a variety of biotechnology-related workshops for North Carolina educators.

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To register, please go to Registration - Resisting Antibiotic Resistance: Defending Against the Next Superbug.

The registration fee for this workshop is $75, which is non-refundable unless the registration is canceled at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop. Registration fees may be paid by credit/debit cards only.

If you cannot pay by credit/debit card, please contact Amy Black.