March 6-9, 2018
Carnegie Science Center
For more info:
412.237.3400, then press 7
At this inquiry-based simulation, you’re in charge of investigating the possible spread of a dangerous organism (for example, Zika and this year’s Olympics in Brazil).
Participants will assume the role of investigators at “Panther Hospital” to collect and analyze experimental data to solve the case. They will have the chance to learn about and explore: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, and more!
University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences Outreach Program
Science and technology topics include:
IT, environment, health, biology, project-based learning, critical thinking, biotechnology & careers
Program Capacity: 30Program Dates & Times
March 6, 2018 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm
March 7, 2018 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm
March 8, 2018 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm
March 9, 2018 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm
* Program for this time has been filled.
Flu book – Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Do it – competition, volunteer, games, make it, lesson plan, take action
Mission Biotech Game (NSF funded) (single player online game)
Biotech Game of Life (printable board game) Key Concepts: patent, grant, clinical trials (Phase 1-Safety, Phase 2-Dosage, Phase 3-Efficacy), FDA: The Food and Drug Administration, Venture Capital, IND: – Acronym for Investigational New Drug Application, Fast tracking
Zombie Plague free software Students explore a 3D world where they are responsible for identifying the pathogenic microorganism causing a deadly outbreak and implementing a cure. Although we have chosen to have the symptoms of our fictional disease be zombieism, the science content embedded in the software deals with diagnosis, treatment strategies, and career connections that are applicable to any disease caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Interactions with characters in-game, introduce students to the variety of career pathways in modern biology along with diagnostic technologies used in the real world. Embedded assessments allow teachers to track student interactions.
Epidemic Game (multiplayer game)
Virtual DNA Fingerprinting Laboratory 3.0 Students are placed in a virtual laboratory where they must utilize molecular biology techniques to solve a forensic mystery. Over the course of seven episodes, students collect evidence, extract DNA, perform a southern blot, use PCR, and finally solve the crime. Usage of the software is free and educators are welcome to install the disks on multiple machines.
Sickle Cell DNA: Help determine if a family might carry a genetic mutation! (play online)
Zika Virus (CDC) Center for Disease Control definition, what CDC is doing, areas with Zika
In the News
Emerging disease poses grave risk to newborns and challenges health officials around the world (Obama confident a vaccine can be developed, Senate blocking funds, Best bug sprays)
Zombie DNA long thought to be dormant can rise to cause health problems
Middle School: MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS3-1, MS-LS4-5
High School: HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3, HS-LS1-4, HS-LS3-2