University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Meet us in Atlanta!

November 10, 2013 - 10:53am -- Hillary Lauren

Updated Nov 26, 2013: The session titles are now linked to pages that have the presentation materials. You can also see a full list of our presentations and conference workshops.

Will we see you in Atlanta? Project NEURON is offering numerous workshops this year at the National Association of Biology Teachers' (NABT) Professional Development Conference!

Our hands-on, 75-minute workshops give you the opportunity to try out our activities and materials, make connections to NGSS standards, and learn how to engage students in your biology classes. Below is a list of all our sessions. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, November 21

Dynamic nature of science: Discovering the tree of life10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, Piedmont Room

Explore student activities linking NGSS to scientific research. Activities focus on the nature of science through the changing models of the tree of life and facilitate discussions about the controversial term "prokaryote." Free curriculum materials. (High school)

What makes honey bees work together? 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Dunwoody Room

The intersection between genetics, environment and behavior will be investigated in the charismatic honey bee. Come explore hand-on activities addressing Next Generation Science Standards. Free NIH-SEPA curriculum materials will be distributed. (High school - College/University)

Friday, November 22

Food for thought: A modeling unit investigating connections between the endocrine and nervous systems, metabolism, and health. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Baker Room

Come explore a full unit of lessons that include hands-on activities addressing core ideas addressed in the NGSS connecting to energy metabolism, neuroendocrine function, and homeostasis. Access to free NIH SEPA funded curriculum materials. (High school)

Evidence, evaluation, and explanations through neuroscience1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Piedmont Room

Explore student-driven activities and an engaging computer game that support skills in obtaining data, evaluating evidence, and constructing explanations through a curriculum unit on neuroscience! Includes access to free NIH SEPA funded materials. (Middle school, High school, College/University)

Branch out with software to create phylogenetic trees2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Dunwoody Room

Learn to use free software to construct phylogenetic trees and explore the role of genetics in evolution of social behavior. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in a series of activities and plan for implementing them with students. (High school, College/University)

Saturday, November 23

Explore human-microbe interactions with hands-on activities9:45 AM - 11:00 AM, Rosewell Room

Take part in student activities focused on modeling microbial communities and their essential role in the human organism. Activities are designed to shift students' thinking about human-microbe interactions. Free NIH SEPA curriculum materials. (High school)

Go full-screen with NGSS: A model for teaching with video11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Piedmont Room

Practice integrating multimedia video into your lessons using a model based on instructional intent. Example videos will be used to show how instructional intent impacts the design of learning experiences. Free curriculum materials available. (High school)