6th Annual Baxter Symposium: Break Out Sessions

Air Pollution Tragedy

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureUse a mystery to investigate science concepts! In this session we will use the "Air Pollution Tragedy" to investigate the deaths of 60 people in Meuse Valley in Belgium in the 1930s. Using evidence from multiple sources, you will construct an explanation to describe why these deaths happened over 3 days in chilly December 1930. This session will utilize a claim-evidence-reasoning framework to create an explanation. It will also feature sample student responses to the tragedy. 

Presenter: Lauren Levites, Lindblom Math & Science Academy

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensics, General Science

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Get a Grip 

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureGet a "hold" on a design project. You are a mechanical engineer, and today you face an unusual task. Your supervisor has been given the task of developing a mechanical arm for handling dangerous substances. He has to attend a conference and assigns the development of a prototype to you. In this session, you will design a mechanical arm that will be able to move an object. You will construct your prototype from common materials that will be provided. You will design, test, and redesign you prototype and see just how easily a bioengineering project can be a part of your curriculum.  

Presenters: Cynthia Sanchez, Little Village Academy & Francis Panion, Ravenswood Elementary School 

 

Student Level: Middle School

Subjects: Biotech, General Science


Incorporating 3D Printing and Design in Your Curriculum Right Now!

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureLearn how to bring the 21st century skills of CAD and 3D printing to your classroom! In this session, you will learn how to design and then 3D print instructional models of complex molecules such as organic compounds, drugs, and proteins. You will also learn how to facilitate students designing and printing their own models to enhance student understanding of a variety of topics. This is a great opportunity to learn how to successfully integrate computer assisted design and additive manufacturing into your curricula.

Presenter: John Cabey, Lincoln Park High School

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Forensics, Biotech, General Science

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It Tastes Like Chicken! 

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureHave you ever wondered why so many things taste like chicken? Maybe it’s because they really are chicken instead of what’s on the label! Advancements in DNA based science have given us the ability to actually prove what is being sold in the grocery store and this kind of experiment can be done in your classroom. In this session, we will examine the DNA protocols and procedures to identify grocery-store obtained samples such as shark, stingray, chicken, and turkey and we’ll discuss what students can do with their results once they are obtained. You will engage in DNA extraction and use PCR protocols to prepare samples for sequencing. You will also evaluate previously obtained data as an example of how to incorporate literacy, ecology, and sustainability into the classroom. You will leave with these protocols and ongoing support for implementing what you have learned in your classroom. Take a chance on authentic science and have your students find real answers in the laboratory to scientific riddles!

Presenter: Thomas Champion, Naperville North High School

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Forensics, Biotech, Biochemistry, General Science

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Keeping Your Head Above Water to Construct and Cross the Cell Membrane

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureSupport three dimensional learning with materials that engage your students in an exploration of the unique chemical and physical properties of water and the membranes that separate cells from their surrounding environment. Construct a model to explain diffusion, osmosis and active and passive transport of molecules across the cell membrane.

Presenter: Gina Vogt, 3D Molecular Designs & Dr. Timothy Herman, Milwaukee School of Engineering

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Biotech, General Science

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Learning about the Sensorimotor System 

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureExplore an exciting new way to get students interested in the human brain! Using a neurophysiology amplifier called a Spikerbox (from Backyard Brains), we will record and “eavesdrop” on the action potentials that are generated by the sensory neurons in a cockroach leg that detect touch and air flow. We will also pretend to be the cockroach's brain and send artificial, electric "movement commands" to make the leg dance to the beat. 

Presenter: Hayley White, Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Subjects: Biology, Neuroscience

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More Than Meat 

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureHot dogs, steak, beans and bacon. To many students, proteins exist primarily as meat found within a well-balanced diet. In this interactive workshop, join us for two inquiry-based, hands-on explorations of the "other" proteins. Proteins, made of amino acids, are vital to living cells surviving since they control almost every aspect of life. In the first activity, Stack the Deck, participants will interpret, classify and evaluate proteins according to their function(s). They will be challenged to justify their decisions based on evidence. Then, in Separation Anxiety, participants will investigate a variety of tools to design, test, and refine a plan for separating proteins. All materials, instructional resources, and student pages will be provided to attendees. 

Presenters: Lindsey Herlehy & Karen Togliatti, Illinois Math & Science Academy 

 

Student Level: Middle School, High School

Subjects: BiologyBiotech, General Science

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New from HHMI Biointeractive: Virus Explorer, Ebola Disease Detectives, and More! 

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureEducators new to HHMI BioInteractive — as well as those previously infected with enthusiasm — will appreciate these new engaging multimedia tools for teaching about viruses and infectious diseases! This session features high quality, standards-aligned (NGSS, AP, IB), and free classroom-ready resources. This interactive session will highlight the new Virus Explorer click and learn, the Ebola: Disease Detectives classroom activity, and more!

Presenter: Steven Rogg, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Biotech, General Science

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PTC Taster Lab: From Phenotype to Genotype

The rocket that clears the meter mark with the greatest rocket-to-baking soda mass ratio is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design procedureAre you a supertaster? Explore the molecular genetics of taste using PCR and gel electrophoresis to analyze single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in your taste receptor genes. Complete DNA extraction, PCR, restriction digest and electrophoresis in two or three class periods. Link your DNA to your taster phenotype!

Presenter: Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra, miniPCR

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Biotech, General Science

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Who Dunnit?

The rocket that clears the meter

mark with the greatest rock

 is the winner! You can use this activity in your classroom to engage students in basic engineering and experimental design proceduTake your blood typing activity to the next level! This session will demonstrate how to take a basic activity like blood typing and tie it into a broader narrative in a way that really connects with NGSS and 3-D learning. We will also demonstrate how you can construct a meaningful activity without expensive chemicals and equipment. You will use simple household chemicals to simulate ABO blood type tests to eliminate suspects from suspicion. You will then conduct a simulated DNA analysis to further determine who the real perpetrator might be. 

Presenter: Elizabeth Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy

 

Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Forensics, Biotech, General Science

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