Drugs, Drug Targets and You
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The Synapse kit designed for the DDTY workshop.
Note: Completion of the Modeling the Molecular World summer workshop is highly recommended before participating in the Drugs, Drug Targets and You summer workshop.
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This five-day summer workshop will introduce high school teachers to a variety of new instructional tools addressing the molecular basis of drug action and the science of addiction. The student-centered instructional materials are focused on the basic molecular mechanisms of neuronal signaling as well as physical models of the proteins that are the targets of common prescription drugs and drugs of abuse.
Teachers accepted into this program will:
- Equip their classrooms with a collection of innovative instructional tools including physical 3D representations of proteins and drugs, a new foam neuronal synapse modeling kit, cellular landscape paintings by David Goodsell, and gain access to unique online resources that will allow their students to explore the biomolecular world.
- Explore action potentials and how neurons communicate using the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, GABA, and glutamate.
- Investigate how prescription drugs, environmental toxins and drugs of abuse (opioids, cocaine, alcohol, cannabinoids) modulate neuronal communication.
- Receive explicit training in the use of the program's instructional materials to connect the central elements of each molecular story to the basic concepts of chemistry and biology that are taught at the high school level.
- Participate in a professional development program in which they will use the program's instructional tools in their classrooms, measure the impact of the materials on their students' learning, and share their experiences with colleagues.
- Engage in a learning community of educators centered around the Drugs, Drug Targets and You summer workshop. Previous participants are encouraged to return for a second year to revisit the molecular stories and to share their strategies for using the program's instructional tools in their classrooms and their assessments for measuring the impact of the materials on their students' learning. Participants electing to return may do so at a reduced workshop fee.
A $750 workshop fee covers the cost of:
- Workshop materials – including neuron and synapse kits, protein models and instructional materials to take back to your classroom
- Tuition-free Professional Educator Credits from MSOE (Professional Educator Credits are not intended to meet requirements for an advanced degree. They simply document participation in a rigorous professional development activity.)
- Accommodations on campus in the Milwaukee School of Engineering dorms.
- Most importantly - a lifetime membership in a community of professional educators who share a passion for introducing their students to the amazing molecular world.
A limited number of scholarships are available for those with identified need. Applications for scholarships are available on request. Contact Gina Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Community of Professional Educators
Teachers in this program will be encouraged to become active participants in a professional community of educators - committed to documenting the impact of their classroom innovations on student learning, and to sharing the results of that education research with others.
Course materials will be explicitly related to current Next Gen Science Standards, with a special emphasis on modeling - both as an authentic practice of science and as an important facilitator of student learning.
What teachers are saying about Drug, Drug Targets and You. . .
One of the best professional experiences of my life.
The kits are magic!
The Center for Biomolecular Modeling workshop is above and beyond anything I’ve done professionally.
You’re safe, you’re nurtured, you’re appreciated, and you’re challenged.
There’s a layer beyond the models here that I want other teachers to experience. That’s the storytelling and the honoring of the process of learning.
It isn’t just the models. . . the whole concept of teaching through story is really powerful.
The Teachers FIRST program is supported by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number 1R25OD010505. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.