Education & Outreach
Napoli, Carolyn .
Integrating Computational Thinking into Biology Education and Outreach.
We are developing an innovative high school outreach program to encourage teachers to add genomics and bioinformatics to their science curriculum. In cooperation with local teachers, we have developed a laboratory manual which takes teachers and students through the process of providing biological support for predicted transcript splice models for Arabidopsis chromatin-associated proteins, although maize or rice can be substituted as the model plant. RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis and sample preparation for sequencing are done in the classroom. Sequence information is sent back to the classroom for the students to analyze using the resources of ChromDB (www.chromdb.og) to determine if the model is supported or not. The end result is that the students will provide novel sequence data that will be deposited in GenBank. This simple laboratory experiment provides a venue for focusing on a variety of biological topics, e.g. RNA splicing, chromatin, model plant organisms, “why sequence a genome”, as well as providing laboratory experience for students. In addition, bioinformatics serves as an excellent topic for applying paradigms of computational thinking and problem solving using techniques developed by computer scientists.
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1 - University Of Arizona, Plant Sciences, 303 Forbes Bldg, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0036, USA
Presentation Type: ASPB Minisymposium
Location: International Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 8:55 AM