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  • Natural outcome of our 6 years experience
  • The important role biosciences play in society, human health, and in our concerns about the environment makes the deficiencies in science content knowledge very troubling. Fill THE GAP. Make them feel that they can keep up with the rapid pace of advances in life sciences and biotechnology, They are given the opportunity to transfer this knowledge using more creative and effective teaching methods. They must feel they belong to an european instiution and they have to transfer this feeling to their students
  • Science is not very popular among young students, a career in science is not seeen as an appealing job opportunity. They don’t have a clear idea of what it’s all about. We put them in the context of a true laboratory, in contact with researchers and their methods; they have the opportunity to experience the nature of scientific research, how scientists actively perform it, how critically they interpret results. The goal is to provide them with a more inspiring concept of scientific research, free of misconceptions and rethorics. more close to reality.
  • We offer Hands on activities to make them achieve a more enduring and active Knowledge/understanding and develop critical thinking skills. Direct experience in science, its methods and criticism. The Attitude of science and its method to be applied to individual behavior and lifestyle
  • Two step Selection (first at school and then at the University). Each year we select 30 students.
  • A preliminary evaluation of participating teachers indicated that the pilot project is fulfilling its primary objectives:
  • FISH with Human chromosome 1 telomeric probes (p = green, q = red) showing a deletion in the q telomeric region of one member of the chromosome pair
  • giovanna viale_nyex2011

    1. 1. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel TALENTED STUDENTS AND MOTIVATED TEACHERS: AN INTERACTIVE AND SYNERGISTIC TANDEM TO DESIGN INNOVATIVE HANDS-ON LEARNING PRACTICES IN BIOLOGY Giovanna Viale and Cinzia Grazioli CusMiBio, Milan – Italy
    2. 2. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel
    3. 3. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>CUSMIBIO FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS </li></ul><ul><li>filling the GAP </li></ul><ul><li>recover motivation & social role </li></ul>Study groups Hands-on activities Tutorials Sharing of experiences Accountable sources Continuous education Suggestions for IBSE Internationa l contacts
    4. 4. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>CUSMIBIO FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS </li></ul><ul><li>for a future in science </li></ul>a dream-postcard from Cambridge
    5. 5. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel OPPORTUNITIES FOR TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE IN BIOSCIENCES Promote students’ investigation experiences ...I’m not so sure!!! Can I have a look too ?
    6. 6. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel CUSMIBIO “ FROM MANY TO FEW” An opportunity for all students. Reach the largest possible number of students attending all types of high schools A challenge for the most talented. Selected actions envisaged for the most gifted students
    7. 7. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel CUSMIBIO “ FROM MANY TO FEW” An opportunity for all students.
    8. 8. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel CUSMIBIO “ FROM MANY TO FEW”
    9. 9. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel CUSMIBIO HAS DEDICATED LABS IN THE MILAN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS These labs are an integral part of the Lombardy school system
    10. 10. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>CusMiBio activities are funded by </li></ul><ul><li>UniMi (University of Milan), </li></ul><ul><li>USR (Educational Office of Lombardy), </li></ul><ul><li>MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research). </li></ul><ul><li>Lab costs are partly covered by students’ fees. </li></ul>Unfortunately no EC funds yet
    11. 11. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel Since 2009 CusMiBio has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Education as reference centre for the valorization of talented High School students
    12. 12. Selected actions envisaged for the most gifted students A WEEK AS A RESEARCHER NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel
    13. 13. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>HOW TO INVOLVE TALENTED STUDENTS </li></ul><ul><li>IN NEW INITIATIVES? </li></ul><ul><li>WANNABE A RESEARCHER: ATTEND A TOP SCIENCE PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>FROM SCHOOL to UNIVERSITY: A ROUND TRIP </li></ul>
    14. 14. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel RESULTS T he project greatly excited all the students involved and also their school teachers! The results obtained were published in a Science and Society correspondence in EMBO Reports (EMBO Reports 9, 3, 208–211, 2008). WANNABE A RESEARCHER: ATTEND A TOP SCIENCE PROJECT <ul><li>to keep tight contacts with the talented students selected through the annual contests </li></ul><ul><li>to combine professional quality research with a novel strategy for research-based undergraduate education </li></ul>
    15. 15. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel From CusMiBio to School Kits (materials, handbook, protocols, teacher guide etc..) that can be “hired” from CusMiBio and taken to school . FROM SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY: A ROUND TRIP From School to CusMiBio Try the biolab: hands-on activities for High Schoo l students at the CusMiBio Laboratories
    16. 16. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel AN INTERACTIVE AND SYNERGISTIC TANDEM TO DESIGN INNOVATIVE HANDS-ON LEARNING PRACTICES IN BIOLOGY The most motivated and skilled students , identified through selective competitions, are invited together with their teachers to set-up KITS and learning modules adapted to be transferred to their schools. Both are actors of the project. Together they develop the theoretical and practical activities to be proposed to their peers A positive reciprocal feedback
    17. 17. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>Using peer-to-peer teaching: </li></ul><ul><li>Engages students and inspires their peers </li></ul><ul><li>Helps students motivate each other to delve deeper into science </li></ul><ul><li>Talented students returning to their schools share their knowledge with fellow students through a combination of experiments and dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>This approach facilitates productive interactions and dialogue within peers and can break the intimidating “teacher-student” barrier </li></ul>FROM SCHOOL to UNIVERSITY: A ROUND TRIP RESULTS: Students (1)
    18. 18. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel ‘ learning by teaching’ strategy: you learn a lot when you have to teach others
    19. 19. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel students’ own knowledge and confidence grows as they pass on their knowledge and experiences
    20. 20. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel Moreover… students have an opportunity to develop a wide range of complementary skills , such as work in groups, peer exchange abilities, communication with an appropriate language whether the students taught by the tutors benefit is yet to be evaluated. FROM SCHOOL to UNIVERSITY: A ROUND TRIP RESULTS: Students (2)
    21. 21. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>acquisition of additional knowledge to manage the topics with the required competence </li></ul><ul><li>design of Lab activities suitable for being performed at school </li></ul><ul><li>creation of the most favorable conditions for cooperation within and between schools </li></ul><ul><li>exchange of materials and experiences. </li></ul>FROM SCHOOL to UNIVERSITY: A ROUND TRIP RESULTS: Teachers
    22. 22. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>This project needs the </li></ul><ul><li>teachers’ </li></ul><ul><li>contribution for: </li></ul><ul><li>the identification of pilot schools (provided with some kind of lab space and equipment) that can act as reference labs for all the schools of a given area </li></ul><ul><li>development of school networks </li></ul>DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL NETWORKS CusMiBio PILOT SCHOOL
    23. 23. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel The collaboration starts during the training courses where the different stake-holders, i.e. scientists, student and their teachers come in close contact. Scientists have agreed to mentor classroom teachers and students through these courses. TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS How to use the kits at school
    24. 24. WHO IS THE CULPRIT?
    25. 25. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>DNA PROFILING </li></ul><ul><li>constructing a real life crime scene investigation, collecting the evidence </li></ul>
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    27. 27. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>finding the incriminating evidence, through blood testing and DNA analysis to obtain molecular identikits for human genotypic identification. </li></ul>
    28. 28. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel FLASH GEL SYSTEM 5 min separation & recovery … find the culprit
    29. 29. YEAST : HONORARY MAMMAL
    30. 30. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel YEAST: HONORARY MAMMAL <ul><li>mating of yeast cells of opposite mating type and observe complementation </li></ul><ul><li>selection of cell division cycle (cdc) mutants based </li></ul><ul><li>on their temperature-sensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>microscopic observation of Saccharomyces cells during cell division; </li></ul>
    31. 31. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel NB: All materials must be returned to CusMiBio. Mishandling, breakage or missing instruments costs will be borne by the school.   All materials provided in the kit, if correctly handled, don’t pose risks and conform to safety standards. For further information, check the instructions in the kit. EACH KIT COMES WITH THE LIST OF MATERIALS
    32. 32. CHROMOSOME ANALYSIS
    33. 33. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>CHROMOSOME ANALYSIS </li></ul><ul><li>Microscope observation to compare human and mouse metaphase chromosomes; </li></ul><ul><li>cytogenetic analysis of </li></ul><ul><li>human normal and </li></ul><ul><li>pathological karyotypes. </li></ul>
    34. 34. FISH NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel Fluorescent in situ hybridization Magnetic bars + iron beads serving as probes!! FISH is suitable for gene mapping and for the identification of small chromosomal aberrations involving a single gene, not visible by cytogenetics.
    35. 35. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel HOW TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC GENES ON CHROMOSOMES? HOW TO IDENTIFY SMALL CHROMOSOMAL ABERRATIONS INVOLVING SINGLE GENES? The use of a model simulating FISH allows the students to acquire the basic principles of this technique and to appreciate its high resolution power.
    36. 36. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel Deletion of a small chromosome region Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) Real FISH Simulated FISH
    37. 37. VIRTUAL MICROARRAYS
    38. 38. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel RED LIGHT GENES ……… and N O T ONL Y R E D VIRTUAL MICROARRAYS (Initially developed at EMBL-ELLS labs, Heidelberg)
    39. 39. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel VIRTUAL MICROARRAYS To visualize gene expression a custom-made mat, Velcro and torches are used, following step by step the microarray technology and learning about its possible future applications.
    40. 40. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel <ul><li>This initiative </li></ul><ul><li>facilitates productive connections and synergies between High School and Research Universities </li></ul><ul><li>provides a challenging and rewarding experience to talented students </li></ul>
    41. 41. NYEX 2011 Conference, 13-16 March Judea, Israel Thank you! website: www.cusmibio.unimi.it e-mail: cusmibio@unimi.it
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