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Framing New Pathways to Medical Discovery for Families, Students and Teachers

Grant Website

http://azscience.org/who_are_you/pathways_educators

Project Description

This project will introduce students ages 8-14, including underserved students; their teachers and families; and the general public to three biomedical research areas inspired by NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research: biological pathways, bioinformatics and nanomedicine. These areas are unfamiliar to many adults and are not introduced in science curricula.

Using the metaphor of a hardware store (i.e., building materials, tools, parts, home repair projects), the project will introduce families, students and teachers to three ideas:

  1. The body maintains and repairs itself at the molecular, cell, tissue, organ and system levels
  2. Biomedical researchers are uncovering new complexities at the molecular level that can increase our understanding of how the body works
  3. Developments in nanomedicine can lead to discoveries and treatments

In a hardware store theater and workshop space and in a virtual hardware store, the project will develop and present demonstrations and basic- and intermediate-level labs (for 2nd- and 6th-grade students or families); train museum staff and interns to present the programs; offer orientation workshops to teachers from Title I schools; develop a teacher's guide; conduct outreach in middle schools; engage scientists to talk about their work and help them communicate with the public; and create a manual of materials and activities for other science centers. The evaluation plan will include formative research on activities and assessment of how well repair metaphors facilitate understanding of clinical issues. A team of scientists, museum staff, science teachers, and biology and medical students will guide the development of education components.

Abstract

Arizona Science Center's (ASC) Framing New Pathways to Medical Discovery project (NIH-SEPA Phase I/II) will introduce students ages 8-14, their teachers, families, underserved students (low income, Hispanic, Native American) and the general public to three biomedical research areas inspired by NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research: biological pathways, bioinformatics, and nanomedicine. These groundbreaking developments are unfamiliar to many adults and are not introduced in science curriculum. Using the metaphor of a hardware store (i.e., building materials, tools, parts, home repair projects), the project will introduce families, students, and teachers to three "big" ideas:

  1. The body maintains and repairs itself at the molecular, cell, tissue, organ, and system levels
  2. Biomedical research scientists are uncovering new complexities at the molecular level that can increase our understanding how the body works
  3. Developments in nanomedicine can lead to new discoveries and treatments

In a hardware store theater and workshop space and in a virtual hardware store, ASC will develop and present demonstrations, basic and intermediate level labs (for 2nd- and 6th-grade students or families); train museum staff and interns to present the programs; offer orientation workshops to teachers from Title I schools; develop a teacher's guide; conduct outreach in middle schools and engage scientists to talk about their work and help them communicate with the public; and create a manual of materials and activities for other science centers. The evaluation plan will include formative research on activities and assessment of how well repair metaphors facilitate understanding of clinical issues. A design team of scientists, museum staff, science teachers, biology and medical students will guide the development of education components.

Framing New Pathways to Medical Discovery for Families, Students and Teachers /grants/framing-new-pathways-medical-discovery-families-students-and-teachers 1661 R25RR026032 1 AZ 2009 07/17/2009 04/30/2014 Arizona Science Center 600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix AZ 85004 Arizona Science Center PI MARTIN LAURA W. PhD. (602) 716-2019 (602) 716-2099 lmartin@azscience.org http://azscience.org/who_are_you/pathways_educators http://azscience.org/who_are_you/pathways_educators

This project will introduce students ages 8-14, including underserved students; their teachers and families; and the general public to three biomedical research areas inspired by NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research: biological pathways, bioinformatics and nanomedicine. These areas are unfamiliar to many adults and are not introduced in science curricula.

Using the metaphor of a hardware store (i.e., building materials, tools, parts, home repair projects), the project will introduce families, students and teachers to three ideas:

  1. The body maintains and repairs itself at the molecular, cell, tissue, organ and system levels
  2. Biomedical researchers are uncovering new complexities at the molecular level that can increase our understanding of how the body works
  3. Developments in nanomedicine can lead to discoveries and treatments

In a hardware store theater and workshop space and in a virtual hardware store, the project will develop and present demonstrations and basic- and intermediate-level labs (for 2nd- and 6th-grade students or families); train museum staff and interns to present the programs; offer orientation workshops to teachers from Title I schools; develop a teacher's guide; conduct outreach in middle schools; engage scientists to talk about their work and help them communicate with the public; and create a manual of materials and activities for other science centers. The evaluation plan will include formative research on activities and assessment of how well repair metaphors facilitate understanding of clinical issues. A team of scientists, museum staff, science teachers, and biology and medical students will guide the development of education components.

Arizona Science Center's (ASC) Framing New Pathways to Medical Discovery project (NIH-SEPA Phase I/II) will introduce students ages 8-14, their teachers, families, underserved students (low income, Hispanic, Native American) and the general public to three biomedical research areas inspired by NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research: biological pathways, bioinformatics, and nanomedicine. These groundbreaking developments are unfamiliar to many adults and are not introduced in science curriculum. Using the metaphor of a hardware store (i.e., building materials, tools, parts, home repair projects), the project will introduce families, students, and teachers to three "big" ideas:

  1. The body maintains and repairs itself at the molecular, cell, tissue, organ, and system levels
  2. Biomedical research scientists are uncovering new complexities at the molecular level that can increase our understanding how the body works
  3. Developments in nanomedicine can lead to new discoveries and treatments

In a hardware store theater and workshop space and in a virtual hardware store, ASC will develop and present demonstrations, basic and intermediate level labs (for 2nd- and 6th-grade students or families); train museum staff and interns to present the programs; offer orientation workshops to teachers from Title I schools; develop a teacher's guide; conduct outreach in middle schools and engage scientists to talk about their work and help them communicate with the public; and create a manual of materials and activities for other science centers. The evaluation plan will include formative research on activities and assessment of how well repair metaphors facilitate understanding of clinical issues. A design team of scientists, museum staff, science teachers, biology and medical students will guide the development of education components.