2020 Virtual California Science Education Conference10-16-2020
Live Virtual Workshop Sessions
Saturday, October 17
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM PST - Inspiring Student Questions with a TWIST in DNA Modeling
What makes a good model? It's the discoveries and questions the model inspires! Hands-on kits allow students to discover the molecular intricacies of DNA anatomy, replication, transcription and translation - inspiring curiosity, questions and discussion.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST - My Favorite Models - Models That Go the Extra Mile
Discover how teachers fawn over certain models for their Swiss Army knife flexibility and utility in engaging students throughout all units of instruction. You’ll learn which stories the models work well with, plus practical activities to reveal student learning.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM PST - CRISPR Science - from Editing the Human Genome to Coronavirus
We will focus on the defining feature of CRISPR technology, the ability of the Cas9 endonuclease to find and cut DNA at a unique site in the 3.2 billion base-pair human genome. We will also explore how a related CRISPR protein is being used to detect the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus.
Sunday, October 18
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST - Using Models to Make Connections Between DNA and Chromosomes
In this hands-on interactive workshop, you will learn how to use physical chromosome and DNA models to explore and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis with your students.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM PST - The One Kit Wonder: Using Models to Teach Biotechnology Concepts
We have all faced the terrifying “blank stare wall” when teaching biotechnology concepts such as PCR, Sanger sequencing, and restriction enzymes. Explore how you can cover all of these topics and more using a single modeling kit. Through NGSS-focused lessons, your students can experience the process, not memorize results.