Temple engineers recieve NSF grant to develop interactive high school biology curriculum

To help high-school students better understand and apply scientific methodologies to biology problems, the Intelligent Systems Application Center (ISAC) in Temple's College of Engineering has been awarded a three-year, $843,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop three intelligent, interactive, multimedia modules for use in high-school biology curriculums.

Building on the popularity of the CSI television programs, the Interactive Virtual Intelligent System for Scientific Inquiry in a Biology Learning Environment (INVISSIBLE) will involve students by having them investigate a murder crime scene, the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings genealogy debate, and the origin theory of Homo sapiens.

"We want students to learn that there are different ways of applying a scientific method," said Brian P. Butz, director of ISAC and principal investigator on the NSF grant. "For example, we want them to understand that you don't have to have a laboratory with experiments, where you take those experiments and you analyze them, build a hypothesis from them and try to replicate the data.

Using INVISSIBLE, students will interact in the three scenarios that reflect the authentic experiences of a scientist engaged in using scientific inquiry methods. The students must use scientific inquiry skills and reasoning patterns necessary for the reconstruction of past events, said Butz, who is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Temple.

The first scenario presents students with a murder investigation where they are charged with the responsibility of identifying suspects and solving the crime. Identifying suspects is analogous to generating multiple working hypotheses. According to Butz, his module will introduce students to the procedures of evidence-gathering and analysis used by scientists who study past events, but it will do so in a context that is likely to be familiar to students.

In the second scenario, Butz said, students will be e

Contact: Preston M. Moretz
Temple University

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Third annual Templeton-Cambridge Fellowships awarded to 10 noted journalists
2. John Templeton Foundation awards $2.8 million to examine origins of biological complexity
3. SHRO signs agreement with Temple to continue biomedical research
4. Temple virologist receives $6.1 million NIH grant for neuro-AIDS research
5. Temple University researchers develop new targeted cancer therapy
6. Boston Univeristy bioengineers devise dimmer swith to regulate gene expression in mammal cells
7. Worlds top engineers in San Antonio for system of systems conference
8. New medications, cancer diagnosis goals of UH engineers with $1M in grants
9. EO Lawrence Award goes to 8 scientists and engineers
10. Carnegie Mellon engineers devise new process to improve energy efficiency of ethanol production
11. Pittsburgh-based team engineers muscle, bone cell differentiation with aid of ink-jet printer

Post Your Comments:

(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... MMJ International Holdings, the ... through patient clinical trials and research, announced that it is seeking fast track ... to help expedite the review and approval of drugs in development that treat ...
(Date:2/11/2019)... ... February 11, 2019 , ... Allotrope Foundation announces ... phased release of the Allotrope™ Framework for standardizing scientific data and its context. ... Allotrope™ Data Format (ADF) and application programming interfaces (APIs), and the Allotrope Foundation© ...
(Date:2/2/2019)... ... 31, 2019 , ... Through its Microbiome Grant Initiative ... study design, planning, sample collection, and analysis to researchers at Stanford University led ... Sara Vaughn, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, to study the role of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/30/2019)... ... January 29, 2019 , ... ... is frustrated over something like a tricky math problem on an online tutoring ... by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) computer science assistant professor Erin Solovey ...
(Date:1/24/2019)... ... January 22, 2019 , ... Controlled Contamination Services is pleased to announce three ... of these valuable new team members will support its growing operation across the US ... CCS scales its business. This addition will enable CCS to widen its reach and ...
(Date:1/20/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2019 , ... On January ... an invited news article by Asymmetrex director James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. ... cell therapy resources like the PGCB and CellTrials.org. Now in its 21st year ...
(Date:1/15/2019)... ... January 15, 2019 , ... Personalized treatment plans may extend life expectancy ... to a new study published in the journal Radiology. , Kidney, or renal, ... nephrectomy, a surgical procedure in which the tumor and part of the kidney are ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: