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Title: We are currently developing a teaching module geared for high school science students to learn and to think critically about biotechnology, bioethics, and robotics.


1
Introduction
  • We are currently developing a teaching module
    geared for high school science students to learn
    and to think critically about biotechnology,
    bioethics, and robotics.

2
This teaching module
  • can be used by science teachers for grades 9-12
  • provides a self-contained five hours of
    instruction that can be incorporated into an
    existing curriculum
  • encourages conceptual learning and critical
    thinking
  • builds upon key science concepts that students
    have already learned

3
This teaching module also
  • includes background and lesson plans for
    teachers, in-class demonstrations, homework
    assignments, and activities for student
    assessment
  • includes a remote field trip to a biotechnology
    laboratory via the Tele-Actor, a participatory
    learning technology that allows students to visit
    and learn about otherwise off-limit places

4
Whos involved
  • We are a collaboration involving U.C. Berkeleys
    Alpha Lab, U.C. Berkeleys Interactive
    University, and the San Francisco Unified School
    District.
  • We are partially funded by a grant by the
    National Science Foundation.

5
Our goals are for students to learn
  • What the difference is between a human, a clone,
    and a robot.
  • How biotechnology and robotics is helpful to
    humans and also potentially harmful.
  • How to think critically and how to make ethical
    decisions about biotechnology and robotics.
  • How to differentiate between science fiction and
    science fact.

6
Teaching module units
  • Unit 1 Introduction to the teaching module /
    Introduction to biotechnology
  • Unit 2 Biotechnology case study cloning / How
    to make ethical decisions
  • Unit 3 Introduction to robotics
  • Unit 4 Tele-Actor remote field trip
  • Unit 5 Student assessment in-class case study

7
Accomplishments (1 June 25 July)
  • completed 3 drafts of the teaching module
  • reviewed drafts 1 and 2 with a panel of educators
    from Interactive University
  • tested draft 3 on a ninth grade biology summer
    school students in the U.C. Berkeley Mathematics,
    Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) program

8
MESA trial run
  • We tested a scaled-down version of our teaching
    module on a class of 25 ninth graders over the
    course of three, 90-minute periods. Here is how
    we broke down each period
  • Period 1 biotechnology, cloning, and ethical
    decision-making
  • Period 2 robotics
  • Period 3 Tele-Actor remote field trip and
    student evaluation

9
MESA Tele-Actor Trip
  • For the MESA Tele-Actor remote field trip, we
    visited Professor Michael Eisens genetics lab in
    Lawrence National Laboratory.
  • His lab studies genomics and also uses robotics
    to spot DNA on slides, which fits our curriculum
    in an ideal way.

10
MESA results
  • We had the MESA students complete a evaluation
    indicating how much they liked our teaching
    module.
  • They seemed to like the Tele-Actor remote field
    trip the most but also responded favorably to our
    in-class demonstrations.

11
Whats next
  • use the results of the MESA student evaluations
    for revisions
  • meet with Robert Banos for review and suggestions
  • find a biotechnology company in the Bay Area for
    future Tele-Actor remote field trips
  • implement the teaching module in fall 2002 in a
    San Francisco high school
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