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2019 WSST Conference 2019

03-07-2019  - 03-09-2019Monona Terrace Conference Center, Madison

2019 Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference

Monona Terrace Conference Center, Madison

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3:00 - 4:00 pm Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs and Cs
Explore a new, atomically-accurate model of DNA that untwists and separates to model replication and transcription. Additional pieces convert deoxyribose to ribose sugars and generate ATP.

4:00 - 5:00 pm Get A Move On! Modeling Molecular Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Engage students in inquiry-based activities using physical models to construct phospholipids and cell membranes, explore transport proteins and model active and passive transport.


8:00 am CRISPR: Connecting New Science to What You Already Teach
Use physical models to explore CRISPR-based genome editing technology as an example of the collaborative nature of science and the evolution of the molecular biosciences.

9:00 am “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 the three dimensions of NGSS.

10:00 am Modeling Proteins, Enzymes and How Water Drives Structure/Function
Use physical models and molecular phenomena to investigate enzyme structure and function and the role that water plays in protein folding.

11:00 am Using Water Models to Uncover Misconceptions in Chemistry
Uncover students’ conceptual understanding of atoms, molecules and compounds and explore chemistry topics in polarity, pH, density, solubility, bonding and more using three-dimensional teaching with models.

2:00 - 3:50 pm Opioid Science: Connecting Chemistry and Biology
Manipulate 3D models of morphine to create heroin and the rescue drug NARCAN and use synapse models to understand the effect of opioids on our physiology.