Presentation Title

High School Classroom Activities for Understanding Genetics in the Development of Organisms

Location

Atrium

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Research Area Topic:

MBI - Molecular Biology Initiative

Co-Presenters, Co- Authors, Co-Researchers, Mentors, or Faculty Advisors

Zehr L., and Hanson D.

Abstract

The Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI) is a National Science Foundation funded program that allows for a unique opportunity for biology graduate students to team with high school teachers in order to expose high school students to molecular biology and research. We focus on introducing high students to new science techniques and partnering with the teachers to enhance curriculum. My partner teacher and I have been able to develop a teaching module that is composed of several lessons plans with the overarching theme of progression of genes to developing organisms. This module touches on how genes produce proteins and, in turn, how structure affects the organism as a whole. We are also touching on what happens when this progression goes awry, such as in mutations that are inherited or environmentally influenced. The module then closes by looking broadly at how attributes of related species and adaptions are due to environment and survival. By being able to team up with my partner teacher, we believe this module hits on needed curriculum in the classroom as well as exposing students to new ideas about the roles that genes play in development of organisms.

Keywords

MBI, High school activities, Biology, Developmental, Genes, Proteins, Cells, Organisms

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-24-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

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High School Classroom Activities for Understanding Genetics in the Development of Organisms

Atrium

The Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI) is a National Science Foundation funded program that allows for a unique opportunity for biology graduate students to team with high school teachers in order to expose high school students to molecular biology and research. We focus on introducing high students to new science techniques and partnering with the teachers to enhance curriculum. My partner teacher and I have been able to develop a teaching module that is composed of several lessons plans with the overarching theme of progression of genes to developing organisms. This module touches on how genes produce proteins and, in turn, how structure affects the organism as a whole. We are also touching on what happens when this progression goes awry, such as in mutations that are inherited or environmentally influenced. The module then closes by looking broadly at how attributes of related species and adaptions are due to environment and survival. By being able to team up with my partner teacher, we believe this module hits on needed curriculum in the classroom as well as exposing students to new ideas about the roles that genes play in development of organisms.