At the 25th Anniversary of the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (NIH SEPA) Program annual SciEd Conference, project partners presented a poster and workshop.The SciEd meeting took place May 9 through 12 in Rockville, Maryland.
Deborah Peek-Brown and Renee Bayer of CREATE for STEM Institute and Sharon Saddler of Community-Based Organization Partners presented a workshop, "Why Are We the Way We Are? Supporting Middle School Students in Three-Dimensional Learning to Make Sense of Gene and Environment Interactions".
Abstract: Participants will explore project-based science materials designed to engage middle school students’ in three-dimensional learning as they examine the question “Why are we the way we are?” In the curriculum, students investigate Type 2 diabetes as a way to understand how environmental and genetic factors and evolution interact to affect human health. We will show how this unit has been developed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and engage students in multiple scientific practices with a focus on developing and using models to explain phenomena related to human health. Participants will engage in a series of modeling activities and examine samples of student models to demonstrate how lessons coherently build to develop student understanding of NGSS Performance Expectations.
Toby Citrin and Ella Greene-Moton (University of Michigan School of Public Health), Sharon Saddler, Deborah Peek-Brown and Renee Bayer presented the poster, "Exploring gene-environment interaction in the science classroom and community". See poster below.
Abstract: A New Genomic Framework for Schools and Communities is a coordinated set of classroom and community activities being developed to help students and adults understand the role that genetic and environmental factors and evolution play in risk for disease. The project is a partnership between science education and public health researchers, Detroit and Flint school systems, museums, libraries, and community-based organizations. Type 2 Diabetes connects students to real-world experiences and provides relevance for their learning. Results of testing the inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned curriculum and coordinated activities (organized by partners) show that topics are meaningful to students and families.