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Making it RAIN: Using Remotely Accessible Instruments in Nanotechnology to Enhance High School Science Courses

Min, A., Ashcroft, J., Monroy, J., Wolf, V., Lee, C., Horton, J., Ehrmann, R., Rodriguez, B. 2019

The Remotely Accessible Instruments in Nanotechnology (RAIN) Network is a conglomerate of nineteen community colleges, four-year universities and high school sites that aims to enhance STEM learning by bringing advanced technologies to K-12 education. RAIN provides free remote access to instruments such as Scanning Electron, Atomic Force and Transmission E ectron Microscopes, as well as Energy Dispersive and Infrared Spectroscopy.

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Remotely Accessible Experiments for Use in K-12 Education

Jared Ashcroft and William Miller

RAIN has been developing science labs that can be used in conjunction with remote access instruments to expose K-12 classes to modern experimentation that will help fulfill requirements of NGSS. Currently, RAIN has access to seven experiments that can utilize with remote access available on its website (www.nano4me.org/remoteaccess).

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Cultivating Mars: A project-based learning lab analyzing an oxygen based redox reaction in order to design an oxygen-rich environment on the Red Planet

Ashcroft, J.M., Min, A., Bojanini, I., Hacopian, M., Schroeder, K., Cakmak, A.O., Rodriguez, B. 2018. Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education

In a series of activities/labs, designed in a building block approach, whereas each subsequent lab builds into the next, students will explore the reactivity and production of oxygen in various biological and chemical systems.  Use of remote access technology to a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with elemental analysis capabilities allows students to investigate their oxygen reaction via formation of iron oxide.

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SIR Models

This ESTEEM worksheet implements an SIR (Susceptible/ Infected/ Resistant) model of epidemiology for vector-borne diseases. Up to three microbial strains with different virulence and transmission parameters can be modeled and the results graphed. Originally designed to explore coevolution of myxoma and rabbits, the model is easily generalized to other systems.

The SIR Build It REVISED 2018 file attached here represents a basic SIR model and demonstrates Farr's law as well as the corresponding S/I phase plot. Additional sheets demonstrate some modifications of the basic model, including the effects of stochasticity.

From Tony Weisstein, Truman State

More Excel based simulations from the BioQUEST ESTEEM collection are available here:https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/esteem/esteem_modules_and_descriptions

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Digital Options for Teaching Tiny Earth Labs and Activities

From Sarah Miller:

I've compiled a growing list of resources for moving wet labs to digital, including several from SABER contributions in the past few days, plus many other sources. It's designed for the Tiny Earth CURE, but most of the resources are more general for bio/micro/STEM labs. Email me directly if you have additional resources you'd like added.

Sarah M Miller
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Executive Director of Tiny Earth

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AvidaEd

Avida-ED is an award-winning educational application developed at Michigan State University for undergraduate biology courses to help students learn about evolution and scientific method by allowing them to design and perform experiments to test hypotheses about evolutionary mechanisms using evolving digital organisms.

Check out the blog posts by Jim Smith (posted 3/13/20) and Rob Pennock (posted 4/1/20).

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