2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Teaching Biological Macromolecular Structure and Chemical Bonds using Computer Models

Saturday, October 28 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214


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Protein visualization using computer modeling software is a powerful educational tool to illustrate and explore the connection between protein structure, function, chemistry, and biology. However, using these tools in the classroom requires prerequisite knowledge of macromolecules, small molecules, chemical bonds, and in some cases the use of the tools themselves. This workshop will demonstrate resources that can be used to illustrate chemical bonds, polypeptide structure, drug interactions and other resources to teach protein structure and function at the introductory biology level. The worksheets will introduce and explore real-world examples. Resources are adaptable and stem from more detailed teaching resources that direct students to explore the science of protein structure visualization, disease and treatments. The approaches use freely available materials and internet resources.

Participants will learn about approaches and resources for integrating 3-D protein visualization into introductory biology courses at multiple topics – including polypeptide structure, membrane orientation, and inhibitor binding. Teaching materials are available for multiple levels of integration.

Keith Johnson (Bradley University: Peoria, IL)

Enhancing Science Notebooks with Scientific Sketching and Nature Journaling

Saturday, October 28 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214

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Enhancing Science Notebooks with Nature Journaling

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Attendees will learn techniques and strategies for incorporating scientific sketching and nature journaling into students’ science notebook routines by engaging in the activities themselves. Materials and natural physical specimens will be provided for journaling and sketching activities. Student examples and free resources will be shared. This workshop is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and informal science educators.

Attendees will be introduced to, and participate in, several nature journaling activities from the free John Muir Laws "How to Teach Nature Journaling" book, as well as receive some scientific sketching guidance from the California Academy of Sciences. Special attention to integrating math will be included.

Dana Atwood-Blaine (University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA)

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