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Agawam High School receives second Bio-Tech grant

By Kaitlyn Schroyer

Staff Intern

AGAWAM For a second year, Agawam High School will be receiving a BioTeach Grant aimed at encouraging scientific curiosity and engaging students in hands on experiences.

"Our goal is to bring biology and technology together to better serve the world," Debra Hunter, member of the grant's committee, said.

After receiving $7,500 last year from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Agawam High School has gotten $6,000 for the 2008-09 school year. This has been made possible through the efforts of biology teachers Tammy Watson and Nancy Bobskill.

During the 2007-08 school year, Agawam High School students had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Boston Science Museum because of the grant money. Also, the science labs have gotten new equipment and career speakers have visited the school. Teachers have also benefited from the grant money by helping to fund teacher professional development.

This school year, the committee plans to host more field trips and continue raising consciousness about the career.

"This year, we are using the money for rapid stream bioassessment," Watson explained. "We are testing water quality and doing water quality assessment for our community. We are also participating in a salmon rearing project where we will raise fish in our classroom and release them in the spring."