Stanford AP Bio Studio

You are invited to apply to participate in a new summer institute designed to engage high school biology teachers in new AP biology laboratory modules during a five day program at Stanford University. This exciting new course is offered by the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology with support from the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.

During the institute, teachers will engage in innovative AP Biology lab modules in the areas of Bioengineering, Forensic Science, Human Genetics, Bioinformatics and Evolution. These modules have been carefully developed and vetted over the past four years in collaboration between Stanford University and local high school teachers. Each of the modules can be implemented in a one week curriculum and has been enormously popular and successful with the students at the local high schools. In addition, the lab modules are aligned with the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework. Given that the laboratory modules are designed to actively involve the students in cutting edge laboratory exercises and challenge the student’s with inquiry driven problems, these modules also will provide opportunities for participants to make strong connections with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards.

One of the foundations of Stanford AP Bio Studio is that there is an ongoing scientific revolution in genetics, bio-engineering and personalized medicine. These scientific advances have far-reaching implications for our society, from concerns about genetically engineered crops and livestock to how a DNA sequence in an individual can be used to personalize medical treatments for diseases. A thorough understanding of these technologies will be important underpinnings for decisions our current students will face as adults. Through the laboratory modules, we hope to introduce these new advanced technologies to high school students. The rapid improvements, simplifications and cost-effectiveness of the technology over the past few years have allowed us to bring it into the high school classroom.

Our goal is to provide laboratory modules that can be performed during the school year for AP biology students. Towards that end, we will work to make sure that each high school has the necessary materials and equipment for each laboratory module. The laboratory modules are designed so that they are easy and inexpensive to perform. Should certain high schools require materials or equipment that they do not already have, we will seek additional support either from this program or from local educational support groups.

During the five day institute, teachers will have ample time to explore the laboratory modules as well as time in small groups to discussion implementation and concerns in their given context.

The Stanford AP Bio Studio team includes: Stuart Kim, Professor, Stanford Department of Developmental Biology and Genetics; J. Michael Cherry, Professor, Stanford Department of Genetics; Barry Starr, PhD, Stanford Department of Genetics; Katherine Moser, AP Biology teacher, Gunn High School, and Greg Chin, PhD.

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