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Concurrent Session Tracks:

  • Conference Information
  • Educator Experiences
  • Networking Sessions
  • Workshops


Day 2 Intro

Good morning!

8:00-8:15 -- Recap Day 1 and Overview of Day 2
8:15 - 8:30 -- Nebraska EPSCoR STEM Education Opportunities, including Young Nebraska Scientists
8:30-9:15 -- Funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- take notes on ideas that might make serve you, your district/ESU, the state, and our nation. Presenter: Bob Russell, NSF representative


Coffee Break

9:30am - 12:00pm

Workshop 1

Cell Collective

Cell Collective is web-based software that enables life sciences students/teachers to learn/teach about biological processes and diseases in a way that is not possible through traditional didactic and memorization-driven methods. Instead, students learn in an experiential fashion 'by doing,' by creating, simulating, and analyzing computer models of various biological systems. By design, the technology is accessible to students and teachers with a wide range of technical skills. This low learning curve also means that educators can incorporate the technology in any curriculum. Our simulation-driven active-learning approach has been designed to provide students with cutting edge skills needed for today's jobs in health and life sciences -- understanding biological processes as dynamic systems, designing/modeling/simulating/interpreting different experiments and scenarios, etc. The simulation lessons are turn-key, self-contained, and adoptable by any instructor without the need to modify their syllabus. Presenters: Ehren Whigham and Tomas Helikar (UNL / Cell Collective).



downstairs in the Graduate Hotel's Scarlet Ballroom


Workshop 2

Brome Inquiry

In this workshop,participants will learn about and gain experience with using smooth brome as a model system for inquiry-based learning. We will work in teams to ask questions and create experimental designs. We will discuss how the measurements we plan to make tie into the questions being asked. In the second part of the workshop, we will use this system to introduce the concept of images as data and how computers could make data collection faster. We'll explore the types of data that can be acquired from images and will use Google Colab to execute code to mae relevant measurements. At the end of the workshop, we will discuss difrections our introductory activities could go and will map our activities on the 3D Atlas. Facilitators: Tessa Durham Brooks (Doane) & Betsy Barent (LPS)



3:45 - 4:15pm

Meeting Wrap-up


3:30-3:45 -- Break & teaching toolkit distribution
3:45-4:15 -- Workshop Debrief


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