In the Tube Where it Happens: Using Models to Support Understanding in Biotechnology

Presenter: Mark Arnholt, 3DMD

Friday, July 22nd - 8:00 - 9:00am

Educators will use models to experience strategies that engage students in making sense of patterns in molecular structures and functions that have led to advances in biotechnology. Strategies will include collaborative sense-making, using models as explanations, and reflect on learning. Teachers will describe the structures of DNA and enzymes that researchers capitalize on to create biotechnology applications such as restriction enzymes and PCR. Teachers will identify how models, conceptional and physical, can be used by students to reveal their ideas and understandings. Lastly, participants will identify formative assessment opportunities in the modeling process.