Exploring rigorous biological concepts with the actual kits that can engage your students is what sets our workshops apart. Join us as we use science practices like:
  • Modeling
  • Asking questions
  • Supporting arguments with evidence
These practices invite students to think and communicate like scientists with learning that lasts. All our workshops are in Room 351 A/D. We look forward to modeling with you!
Learn more about our NSTA Houston workshops below:


Thursday, March 31st


9:30am - Coronavirus: From Genome Sequencing to mRNA Vaccine Production, in Less Than a Year!

Presenter - Tim Herman, Ph.D., MSOE/CBM

This workshop explores the COVID19 pandemic from the perspective of the CoV-2 virus. Participants use physical models – enhanced by Augmented Reality – to explore these topics. Featured Kits/Models: Coronavirus ModelsAntibody and Antigen Models

1:00pm - Folding and Molding Hands-On Protein Structure 

Presenter - Keri Shingleton, Ph.D., Holland Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Explore the forces that determine protein shape by actively modeling protein structure! Then explore a particular class of proteins, enzymes by playing with models. Featured Kits/Models: Amino Acid Starter Kit©Enzymes in Action Kit©

2:30pm - The Right Tool for the Right Job: Modeling Structure and Function with Enzymes

Presenter - Kim Parfitt, NCBT/3DMD

Teachers investigate models, text, and data that will engage students in making sense of the structure and function of these molecular marvels. Featured Kits/Models: Amino Acid Starter Kit©Enzymes in Action Kit©

4:00pm - Bridging the Cellular and Molecular Worlds … with David Goodsell’s Landscapes

Presenter - Tim Herman, Ph.D., MSOE/CBM

Examine David Goodsell’s landscapes that illustrate the molecular world in a whole new way. One landscape, Tour of a Human Cell contains numerous biological concepts. Featured Kits/Models: Nucleosome Mini ModelPhospholipid Modeling SetAntibody and Antigen ModelsLarge and Small Ribosome Mini ModelsTour of a Human Cell© Poster



Friday, April 1st


8:00am - Sending Signals – Modeling How Cells Talk

Presenter - Keri Shingleton, Ph.D., Holland Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Construct a model of cell communication and experience how modeling to explore abstract concepts deepens student understanding and providing opportunities for formative assessment. Featured Kits/Models: Synapse Construction Kit©Neuron Modeling Kit©

9:30am - Exploring the Properties of Water and Cell Membranes

Presenter - Jill Daniels, M.Ed., Geneva School of Boerne

Use engaging models to discover the structure and function of cell membranes to enhance student understanding. Featured Kits/Models: Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit©Water Kit©

11:00am - Making Sense of Genetic Information through Modeling: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

Presenter - Kim Parfitt, NCBT/3DMD

Teachers explore strategies that make student thinking visible while engaging all students with models to investigate the elegance of the Central Dogma of biology. Featured Kits/Models: Flow of Genetic Information Kit©

12:30pm - Discovering Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs and Cs

Presenter - Keri Shingleton, Ph.D., Holland Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Transition between an assortment of physical DNA models and discover student-centered activities that explore the structure and function of this amazing biomolecule. Featured Kits/Models: Dynamic DNA Kit©

2:00pm - Chromosomes: Unraveling Multiple Representations to Reveal Student Thinking

Presenter - Kim Parfitt, NCBT/3DMD

Mitosis, meiosis, chromosome structure, and crossing over will be explored in this hands-on modeling event. Bring your student hat and be ready to engage. Featured Kits/Models: Chromosome Connections Kit©


Saturday, April 2nd


8:00am - CRISPR: Introducing a New Era in Molecular Biology

Presenter - Tim Herman, Ph.D., MSOE/CBM 

Delve into the CRISPR discovery as you manipulate the Adaptive Immunity Kit to explore its functions. Learn how to connect CRISPR to what you teach. Featured Kits/Models: ​CRISPR Adaptive Immunity Kit©

9:30am - CRISPR II: Using Cas9 as a Genome Editing Tool

Presenter - Tim Herman, Ph.D., MSOE/CBM

Model the molecular mechanism of CRISPR Cas9 with Making the Cut kit. Also explore how Cas9 is engineered as a more powerful genome editing tool. Featured Kits/Models: Making the Cut with CRISPR-Cas9©CRISPR-Cas9 Mini Model

11:00am - In the Tube Where it Happens: Using Models to Support Understanding of Biotechnology

Presenter - Keri Shingleton, Ph.D., Holland Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Educators use models to engage students in making sense of patterns in molecular structures and functions that have led to advances in biotechnology. Featured Kits/Models: ​Biotechnology Kit©