Food, Guts & Bugs
These pictures were taken at the Science Research & Education Networking (SciREN) event at the NC Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, NC. I received a grant from the Duke Center for Science Education to teach this module at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC. I have also taught the material to elementary, middle, and high school students at the Museum of Life and Science and Club Boulevard Elementary School.
I designed this active learning module for an intro-level undergraduate course as part of Bio705S: Teaching College Biology. However, the material also addresses high school course requirements. Powerpoint slides link the material backward (to the Central Dogma) as well as forward (to protein expression), placing the material within a broader trajectory and expanding the Protein Translation module into an entire class period.
UPDATE: Free kits for this module were made available to NC teachers through SciREN!
Food Fight!—Evolution of plant warfare
Maggie R. Wagner, Katie Thomas, and I received a grant from the Duke Center for Science Education to teach this module at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC. We co-founded the Duke Biology graduate student Outreach Committee to provide outreach teaching experience to other PhD students.
Visions of diversity: Different types of animals' eyes and how they see
Katie Thomas, Maggie R. Wagner, and I received a grant from the Duke Center for Science Education to teach this module at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC. We recruited other PhD students for this outreach teaching experience through the Duke
Why is The Very Hungry Caterpillar so hungry?
In this activity, students interact with tobacco hornworm hatchlings, fifth instar caterpillars, pupae, and adults to learn about the stages of metamorphosis depicted in Eric Carle's classic children's book.
I visit theSchiele Museum in Charlotte, NC annually with Dr. Fred Nijhout and fellow PhD student Katie Thomas. Our exhibit includes Caterpillar Races (featuring "Sea-green Biscuit," "Thundermolt," "Larvae My Life," and other tobacco hornworm larvae champions in the wandering stage); giant cave roaches; and Australian stick bugs, leaf insects, and a giant millipede (generously loaned by the Museum of Life and Science).
I also designed our Biology Department t-shirts!