The Math Modeling Challenge offers resources for high-school students and teachers.

Sample problems, ranging in difficulty, can be found here. The following is the Challenge Problem for 2017, which can be found online.

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The video and exercise provides insight into how researchers are using digital data resources to investigate biodiversity in prairie fen wetlands.

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This activity includes a leadership assessment and associated exercise to encourage the development of 21st Century STEM Skills.

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This accessible module guides students through exploring the COVID-19 Simulator developed by ISEE. Students dig into the four scenarios provided (including the parameters and the graphs), construct their own scenarios, and interpret their results.

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A user guide and video instructions for GBIF

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A user guide and video instructions for iDigBio

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A user guide and video instructions for Arctos

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Data ethics and the use of digital data

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This is a short exploration activity to introduce SIR and SEIR models without explicitly introducing differential equations. It utilizes the R package EpiDynamics and students can run the simulations themselves to observe flattening the curve.

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The students will practice identifying the appropriate basic statistical tests when given a scenario and learn how to run and interpret those statistical tests in R.

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Caffeine is a very common stimulant consume worldwide as tea, coffee, mate, cocoa, and chocolate. Ever wondered why plants make caffeine? Do all caffeine producing plants have the same enzymes for caffeine biosynthesis?

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This PowerPoint presentation guides instructors and students through the key background information for the module.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson V is an introduction to Phylogenetics.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson IV, Comparative Genomics, discusses some of the tools available for looking at genes across different genomes.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson III introduces Annotation, or assigning meaning to all the A's, C's, T's, and G's.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Part I is the Introduction to the Genome Solver Project.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson II introduces the principal databases for microbial genomics.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Part I is the Introduction to the Genome Solver Project.

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A short film explores the evolutionary connection between an infectious disease, malaria, and a genetic condition, sickle cell anemia. The animation explores the genetic causes and biological effects of sickle cell disease.

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dvsvds

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TeachEngineering resource in which students construct paper recombinant plasmids to simulate the methods genetic engineers use to create modified bacteria.

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Activity that demonstrates how nucleotide changes can affect phenotypes

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Genome Solver's Community Science Project was developed as a way to use the skills taught in the previous lessons. We're asking members of the community to provide instances of potential phage genes embedded in bacterial genomes.

Presented at NABT 2019, we demonstrate how the Population Dynamics Click & Learn resource can be customized for any organism - using the Lionfish invasion as an example

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Case study on genetically modified organisms

Compiled resources around GMOs and protein production including vocabulary, animations, videos, and games

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Students will understand how DNA is separated into a fingerprint by using a chromatography activity to simulate gel electrophoresis.

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The Genome Solver Project began as a way to teach faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics - no coding or scripting. These Lessons also work well in the undergraduate classroom, culminating with an authentic community research project.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson V is an introduction to Phylogenetics.

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The lesson teaches about synteny or the order of genes along a chromosome, which is useful for looking at orthologous genes between two species or strains.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson IV, Comparative Genomics, discusses some of the tools available for looking at genes across different genomes.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson III introduces Annotation, or assigning meaning to all the A's, C's, T's, and G's.

This resource is a recitation activity designed for an introductory biology course in which students explore a lac operon simulation (https://qubeshub.org/resources/phetlacoperon).

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Numbers Count Excel resource

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Numbers Count Excel resource

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Numbers Count resource using Excel for data analysis

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A Numbers Count statistics diagram

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Using spatial fern population data in hypothesis testing

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An introduction to the basics of unit conversions.

Video on making taxa bar plots in R from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network

Video on creating alpha diversity plots in R from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network

Video on importing data into R from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network

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This resource is a fun computer-based intro to command line programming. The activity takes FASTQ NGS data files and runs a fun program called FASTQE.

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Modified answer checking worksheet from original BIOMAAP resource to include two additional questions relating to probability/P-values.

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Before giving an introduction to growth mindset, these prompts can be given to students so they can brainstorm activities they associate with long hours of practice (growth mindset) vs. natural talent (fixed mindset). Developed by Arietta Fleming-Davies.

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This module introduces students to the research supporting ‘growth mindset,’ the idea that you can increase your brainpower and ability through effort

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A Frayer model worksheet for the concept of growth mindset.

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This activity introduces the research showing a benefit of reflective writing, and then uses a modified version of the prompt from Park et al. to provide practice.

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Students use their number sense to make observations and come up with reasonable guesses or explanations for the patterns shown.

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Highlander's teacher notes

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Highlander's teacher notes

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Highlander's teaching notes

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How I implemented these materials

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These additional figures were used in a Parasitology course (juniors and seniors) at Radford University.

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Use the calling bull course to introduce students to data, ethics, visualization, and R.

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Students use their number sense to make observations and come up with reasonable guesses or explanations for the patterns shown. These are some specifically for microbiology.

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This activity introduces the research showing a benefit of reflective writing, and then uses a modified version of the prompt from Park et al. to provide practice. Includes Teaching Notes.

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I used this resource as-is. Included are my teaching notes. / This activity provides students with a set of strategies they can use to check their own answers. Students practice the answer checking strategies on a series of simple examples.

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I used this resource as-is. Included are my teaching notes.
This module introduces students to the research supporting ‘growth mindset,’ the idea that you can increase your brainpower and ability through effort

Version: 1.0 Adapted From: Intro to BIOMAAP - Student Introduction v1.0

I used this resource as-is. Included are my teaching notes.

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A tested exercise at the college freshmen level using AVIDA-Ed to generate and test a hypothesis about the relationship between mutation rate and the probability of evolving a useful function in which students pool and analyze data from their simulations.

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This presentation is intended as a stand alone 45 minutes-1 hour presentation to give students general information on math anxiety and a few strategies to try on their own.

In this activity students explore and analyze real, authentic research data paired with HHMI’s “Selection for Tuskless Elephants” video in a hands-on investigation of human impacts on elephant evolution.

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Adaptations to the How Many More Thymes? case study featuring terpene-based herbivore defense and pollinator attraction in Nicotiana plants.

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This activity introduces the research showing a benefit of reflective writing, and then uses a modified version of the prompt from Park et al. to provide practice. The prompts have been modified to be inclusive of other subjects than solely math.

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science- In the adaptation exercise, students explore connections between saltmarsh sparrow declines and declining populations of local species that live on or near their campus.

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This module is adapted from BIOMAAP materials on the value of mistakes and application of growth mindset in a microbiology lab.

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Create a gallery of fossil organisms and identify distinctive body parts (wings, suckers, modified appendages) from the collection. Analyze and interpret these features to predict what type of environment the insect inhabited (3-LS4-1 of NGSS).

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Students use their number sense to make observations and come up with reasonable guesses or explanations for the patterns shown.

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Create a gallery of fossil organisms and identify distinctive body parts (wings, suckers, modified appendages) from the collection. Analyze and interpret these features to predict what type of environment the insect inhabited (3-LS4-1 of NGSS).

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"So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bull seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument."

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5E lesson plan for middle/high school aligned to NGSS standards.

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In this module, students use data from natural history collections to look at range shifts related to climate variables over different time periods.

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Students investigate questions of community ecology and biogeography using data from an urban rock pool ecosystem. Using ArcGIS 10, students learn to create effective maps, calculate landscape attributes, and perform introductory spatial analysis.

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Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. This pre-lesson introduces the BLAST tool.

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This module introduces the Scatchard equation in the context of understanding antigen binding and the properties of antigens. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

This module introduces body size constraints of xylem-feeding insects in the context of understanding allometric relationships. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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This module introduces Fick's principle in the context of understanding the cardiac output. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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This module introduces the calculation of packing density in the context of understanding cell aggregation and arrangement. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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This module introduces exponential growth, the Michaelis-Menten, and Lineweaver-Burk equations in the context of understanding how growth factors influence cell division. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.