Welcome to BioTECH @ Richmond Heights, where we are "Exploring, Researching, and Conserving a World of Biodiversity." BioTECH is Miami’s exclusive zoology and botany magnet high school. Our school offers a one of a kind experience for students to develop as researchers in a variety of STEM fields including zoology, botany, genetics, ecology, chemistry, environmental sciences, and much, much more.
In cooperation with our partners in education, including Zoo Miami, the Zoological Society of Florida, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Discovery Education, the Buck Institute, and ESRI, BioTECH will deliver an interdisciplinary, rigorous and relevant STEM high school program focused on Conservation Biology.
BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12 is a public magnet high school in Miami-Dade County and is a part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the country. BioTECH will open its doors on August 2014 as a result of being awarded a $10.7 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant from the United States Department of Education. BioTECH is located in Southwest Miami-Dade County in the heart of the historic community of Richmond Heights.
BioTECH has two campuses. The one pictured above is the BioTECH Richmond Campus, an isolated building on the east side of the Richmond Heights Middle School campus facing SW 102 Ave. The Richmond Campus features an Botanical Land Lab, containing a shadehouse, garden, and a small animal husbandry area, the Fairchild Tissue Culture Lab, home to the Million Orchid Project, and three additional student research laboratories. The campus also houses all of our core courses as well as our state-of-the-art, fully digital Wildlife Photography & Cinematography Lab.
Our BioTECH Research Station is currently under construction and should be partially completed by December of 2014. Our Research Station is a state-of-the-art campus housing equipment, supplies, and technologies found nowhere else in Miami-Dade County. The Research Station will stay true to its name as we outfit our new DNA/Genetics lab featuring a variety of PCR hoods, thermal cyclers, protein and DNA electrophoresis equipment, transillumination tables, centrifuges, and vorteces. Our digital microscopy lab will house all laboratory and field compound and stereomicroscopes as well as our handheld digital camera mounts, iMac computers, LED TV’s, and preserved slide-mounted specimen library. In addition, BioTECH will mount the Fairchild Tissue Culture Lab where students will propagate native orchids utilizing a hybrid of modern and classical laboratory techniques. The Research Station will also house our chemistry labs with a large variety of wireless sensors and probes including pH, conductivity, Ion-Selective-Electrodes, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, Gas Chromatographs, and our atomic emission spectrometers. The station will also feature unique biology, ecology, zoology, and individual student research laboratories.