Photos from our 2011 Bio-ITEST Teacher Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISBWe recently enjoyed a reunion of teachers participating in our Bioinformatics, “Bio-ITEST” program — short for Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). more about Bio-ITEST

The three-year NSF grant provides funding for education outreach programs that help secondary school teachers and their students learn about how information technology is used in biological research. Major collaborators include Digital World Biology, EdLab Group, and Shoreline Community College.

Teachers Said about Bio-ITEST at NWABR

“At the end of this course, I feel like I could create my own lesson if I needed to.”

“This was an excellent professional development opportunity!  It brought an emerging field of life science to my classroom that was not there before.  I look forward to using this material for many years to come!”

“I enjoyed learning how to use the technology tools Cn3D, Jalview, and FinchTV. The Socratic seminar was excellent also and I now have an effective way to teach students about STEM careers.”

“Having specific activities in the curriculum that asked them to use Cn3D was much better than a simple demonstration of the program. The students really liked using Cn3D … A lot of my kids also downloaded it at home. They’d come in early to school.”

“To be honest, I didn’t even know what bioinformatics was when I signed up for the class, yet was able to implement the curriculum and teach my students the material the first time I tried it.”

Professional Development in Systems Biology

The reunion was generously hosted by the Institute for Systems Biology (an NWABR member) in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, at the global headquarters they opened just this month, May 2011. Below photos of everyone at the reunion are a few photos of ISB’s new headquarters and neighborhood.

ISB also provided professional development for teachers with Education Program Coordinator Claudia Ludwig, using their systems biology module, Environmental Impacts on Gene Networks. All teachers who attended received the Environmental Impacts on Gene Networks kit to use in their classroom!

We began with a reception and discussion of teachers’ experiences with the Bio-ITEST program:

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

Then, Education Program Coordinator Claudia Ludwig presented ISB’s systems biology module, Environmental Impacts on Gene Networks:

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

and teachers received the Environmental Impacts on Gene Networks kit to use in their classroom!

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

The new ISB global headquarters are beautiful, of course. Here are a few snaps of  ISB and the neighborhood:

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

Brian Glanz from NWABR, reflected in a hallway at ISB.

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

Not ISB -- Across the street from ISB in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle

NWABR 2011 Bio-ITEST Teachers' Reunion at ISB

ISB lab coats hang inside a window, and Seattle rain keeps outdoor table tennis interesting.

blogged by Brian Glanz for NWABR

blogged by Brian Glanz for NWABR

The Bio-ITEST program at NWABR is made possible by an Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers grant award from the National Science Foundation, DRL-0833779. 

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Jeanne Chowning Presents an NSTA Webinar on Teaching About Stem Cells

Today at 3:30 pm PST, 6:30 pm EST, Jeanne Chowning presents a webinar on teaching “The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research” at the high school level.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.

This seminar will explore the science behind stem cells as well as ethical implications of embryonic stem cell research. Teachers will be provided with an overview of the popular resource on stem cell science and ethics geared towards secondary science classrooms, developed by NWABR.

The unit begins with a laboratory examination of planaria as a model organism for understanding stem cell biology. It provides engaging activities that highlight early embryonic development and compare and contrast different types of stem cells. Additional activities focus on the bioethical dimensions of stem cell research, including the variety of positions held by different stakeholders in the stem cell debate.

A Socratic Seminar allows students to discuss the role of public funding for stem cell research. The culminating assessment provides an opportunity for students to either prepare a letter to the President’s Bioethics Commission or propose a grant to fund research for a specific disease or disorder.

Click here to download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation for the webinar.

Jeanne Ting Chowning, MS is Director of Education at NWABR. The text of this blog post is based on the webinar description published at the page this link points to, by The NSTA Learning Center.