Middle School

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9-12pm

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 5-8pm

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 

Nina Hike (CPS)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 4 - 6:30pm

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

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Nina Hike (CPS)
Saturday, January 9, 2021 | 9 - 11:30am

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

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The Baxter Symposium is an event designed to excite and inspire teachers to bring cutting-edge life science activities to their classrooms. We accomplish this by providing a day of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that show life sciences in the 21st century are exciting and amazing!

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Connect with scientists and hear about their cutting-edge research.
  • Learn about hands-on, NGSS-aligned lab activities led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn CPDUs for attendance.

Genetically Modified Soybean Lab

Can you tell the difference between a traditional plant and one that has been genetically modified? Do their seeds look different? Do they germinate and develop differently? Do they respond differently to their environment? Learn the answer to these and other questions concerning the topical subject of genetically modified plants. Your students will gain key insight into this controversial, emerging science as they compare traditional soybeans with seeds that have been genetically modified to withstand the effects of Roundup (TM) herbicide.

Simulated Blood Typing Lab

Using four different samples of WARD’S Simulated Blood, the class will determine each unknown sample’s blood type and Rh factor, examine the risk of Rh incompatibilities, and view red and white “blood cells” under the microscope in complete safety. It includes four simulated blood types (A, B, AB, O), two anti-sera (A, B), Rh antisera, a teacher’s guide, and student copymaster. Enough materials for 12 setups are included.

Outbreak! Fingerprinting Virus DNA Kit

This intermediate-level 8-station kit introduces the concepts of PCR and DNA fingerprinting and simulates the use of DNA in forensic investigations. The "DNA" fingerprints of 2 suspects are compared at 2 loci for a match with evidence DNA after being electrophoresed in agarose gels and stained with CarolinaBLU(tm) stain. Also buy the kit's predigested DNA in bulk by the mL; minimum order is 1 mL. Order bulk DNA 2 weeks prior to desired ship date. For 8 groups of students.

Restriction Enzyme Cleavage of DNA Kit

It's easy to teach students the basics of DNA gel electrophoresis and analysis with this classic AP(r) Biology lab. Using convenient pre-cut fragments, students electrophorese, stain, and visualize uncut lambda DNA (control) and DNA predigested with EcoRI and HindIII (standard molecular weight marker). They then determine the sizes of the DNA fragments. Materials are sufficient for 4 or 8 teams of students or 8 separate instructor demonstrations.

Body Builders: The Emergence of Regenerative Medicine

May 22, 2014

Can you imagine a medical practice where the focus is helping the body to heal itself using stem cells, or where diseased organs are replaced by an organ grown from a patient's own cells? These ideas might seem like science fiction, but current regenerative medicine research is nearing a point where these procedures are close to implementation. Some scientists suggest that the practice will become a reality within five to ten years.

View the webinar recording here.