On Saturday, February 1st, I will be presenting at a DFW area conference, MiniCAST. The Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) is a state-wide annual conference. This year’s miniCAST will be held at Grand Prairie High School. Here is the schedule of presenters for this year. You can check out my Haiku Deck presentation below.
I’m jumping ahead in the sequence of days in the 20 Day Blogging Challenge because I am so HAPPY with today’s and yesterday’s activity in class. I like to bring in current events linked to possible historical events in class to have debates in ethics. This past August a seed was planted in my head that came to fruition this week. In August I attended a teacher workshop at The Perot Museum and was introduced to the lab from CellServ, Preparation of Human Chromosome Spreads; or commonly known as HeLa cells. The day of this workshop was actually the day that the National Institute of Health and the Lacks family came to an agreement as to the future use of HeLa cells. I am in the process of ordering the kits for class as it is taking longer than expected I went ahead with the activity below.
Debate Ethics in Science
I took this picture with an iPad through the lens of a microscope. (It takes a steady hand and practice!) The students were in awe that they were looking at the chromosomes from Henrietta Lacks. They were in the room 60 years later! Very cool! Definitely will repeat this lesson in future, hopefully with the lab itself allowing students to obtain and observe the cells as I did.
I have been wanting to start professionally blogging for some time. It, of course, gets shuffled to the back of the long line of things to do. A fellow teacher sent me this 20 Day Blogging Challenge designed by Kelly Hines. I am going to use this Blogging Challenge as a jumping off place for my personal blog on education.