8:00-9:30AM - “Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information
Explore the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation using hands-on/minds-on manipulatives that support NGSS three dimensions, most notably the science and engineering practice of developing and using models. Analyze the β-globin gene to discover the anatomy of a gene. Handouts and information on a model lending library provided!
10:00-11:30AM - Dynamic DNA—More Than Just As, Ts, Gs and Cs
Support three-dimensional learning with a new, atomically-accurate model of double helical DNA that students can untwist and separate to explore the processes of replication and transcription. Convert deoxyribose to ribose sugars and generate the universal currency of energy, ATP. Additional manipulatives go beyond genetics to consider epigenetics and gene expression.
12:00-1:30PM - Modeling Biotechnology Concepts with a One Kit Wonder
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 aligned lessons, your students can experience the process, not memorize results.
12:00-1:30PM - Connecting CRISPR Biotechnology to What You Already Teach
CRISPR-based genome editing is revolutionizing the biomolecular sciences! Join us in a hands-on/minds-on exploration of how you can model this exciting new technology to engage your students in understanding the foundational concepts of molecular biology and biotechnology through two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of the CRISPR/Cas9 protein.
2:00-3:30PM - 5 E’sy Ways to Investigate Proteins and Enzyme Action
ENGAGE your students in investigating enzyme structure/function using multiple modeling strategies. EXPLORE and EXPLAIN catabolism, anabolism, competitive and noncompetitive inhibition with hands-on, minds-on instructional materials. ELABORATE on insecticide inhibition at an enzyme active site resulting in unintended consequences. EVALUATE student learning with an enzyme molecular story. Handouts provided!
4:00-5:30PM - Using Water Models to Uncover Misconceptions in Chemistry
Uncover students’ conceptual understanding of atoms, molecules and compounds using NGSS Science and Engineering Modeling Practices. Explore chemistry topics in polarity, pH, density, solubility, bonding and much more with three-dimensional teaching and learning manipulatives! Make learner thinking visible through student-centered simulations of dissociation and neutralization. Great formative assessment probes provided!
8:00-9:30AM - Get a Move On! Modeling Molecular Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Support three-dimensional learning with materials that engage your students in an exploration of the unique chemical and physical properties of water and the phospholipid bilayer that separates cells from their surrounding environment. Construct a model to explain diffusion, osmosis, active and passive transport across cell membranes.
10:00-11:30AM - A Microscopic to Molecular Perspective in Modeling Chromosomes
Give your students a hands-on, minds-on modeling opportunity to make the connection between chromosomes at the microscopic and molecular scales. This workshop introduces a new way to investigate independent assortment, segregation, crossing over and other mechanisms that contribute to genetic variation during cell division. Handouts provided!
12:00-1:30PM - Touch a Nerve with Hands-On Modeling of Neuronal Communication
Engage students by exploring response to neuronal stimuli by incorporating three-dimensional learning and hands-on/minds-on models. Construct a neuronal synapse model with sodium potassium pump, calcium, sodium and potassium channels. Model resting and action potentials and neurotransmitter release. Develop explanations of ways drugs and toxins disturb neuronal communication. Handouts provided.