NIH SEPA Grant Project

Mobile Lab Experiences and TRIPs (Teacher-Research Institute Partnerships) to Inspire Middle School Students

 

Middle school

 

Since 2009, Seattle Children’s Research Institute has built a pipeline of STEM learning from elementary through middle and high school. Our programs are making connections at various points along this pipeline with the ultimate goal of directing today’s students into the STEM professionals of tomorrow.

 

In August 2018, we launched our new NIH-funded research project entitled Mobile Lab Experiences and TRIPs (Teacher-Research Institute Partnerships) to Inspire Middle School Students.

 

This project creates innovative science curriculum for middle school students focused on epidemiology and infectious diseases. There are several formats of the Investigations in Infectious Disease curriculum available with varying lengths to provide flexibility for teaching the content. Each version of the curriculum includes teacher and student manuals, videos, and readings as appropriate. Fill out this form to request the curriculum.

 

1. Mobile Lab Version (5 Lessons)*

• Four classroom lessons and one lesson onboard the mobile lab.

• For the classroom activities, students follow the steps in an epidemiological investigation, review case reports of patients infected with a foodborne bacterial illness and plot an epidemic curve.

• During the lesson on the mobile lab, students use gel electrophoresis to generate DNA fingerprints in order to identify the source of the outbreak.

• Students complete a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework to summarize their findings.

*Teachers requesting the mobile lab version must be located in Western Washington.

 

2. Classroom Version (4 Lessons)

• Students complete all classroom activities from the full, five-lesson curriculum.

• A video demonstration replaces the hands-on DNA fingerprinting experiment on the mobile laboratory.

 

3. Investigations in Infectious Disease using the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Framework (2 Lessons)

• Students complete a reading that introduces the steps in an epidemiological investigation and the associated laboratory techniques.

• Students watch the DNA fingerprinting video.

• Students complete a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework to summarize their findings.

 

4. Introduction to the Epidemiology of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Featuring Infectious Disease Researchers (1 Lesson)

• Students complete a reading that discusses the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Students watch a video featuring infectious disease researchers from Seattle Children’s that supplements the reading. The video features Dr. Rhea Coler and Dr. Whitney Harrington discussing key aspects of the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

5. Epidemiological Investigation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Student Reading (20 min.)

• Students complete a reading that discusses the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The TRIPs project is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25 GM129798.

NIH SEPA Grant Project