The purpose of this page is to showcase the many adaptations teachers have made to our existing systems biology modules. Some of these adaptations have been made for classrooms, some for summer programs, senior projects, and science fairs. If you have any module adaptations you would like to share here for others to use, please contact Claudia Ludwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or use the contact form below.
Updates for Summer Courses
- Please see the above link for more information on this 90 hour course provided through a collaboration between Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, DigiPen Institute for Technology, and the Baliga Lab. Each summer, WA Network for Innovative Careers provides 0.5 occupational education credits to eligible 10th-12th grade students who attend this 3 week course. If you would like an OSPI approved framework and syllabus for this course please contact us below.
Updates When Working on Science Fairs and Independent Projects
- If you are interested in adapting our curriculum for independent projects, please contact us. Numerous teachers and students have completed successful projects. We’re happy to connect you to others and/or walk you through your own projects.
Updates by Classroom Teachers for their Classroom
Eric Kessler, Bioscience Strand Leader for the Blue Valley School District, has adapted Lessons 1-2 from Ecological Networks and the Environmental Influence on Gene Networks module for his bioscience students
- Combined Lessons 1 and 2 from Introduction to Systems Adapted for Bioscience Students – this includes a deeper introduction to bioinformatics and a clear connection to mathematical concepts.
- Adaptation of Environmental Influence on Gene Networks Part 1 to accompany the article in American Scientist, May-June 2007, Extreme Microbes: Salt-loving microorganisms are helping biologists understand the unifying features of life and molecular secrets of survival under extreme conditions, by Shil DeSarma.
- Adaptation of Environmental Influence on Gene Networks Part 2 which covers combined content from Lessons 2, 3 and 4.
Amanda Cope at the Monroe, WA Leaders in Learning Program combined Ecological Networks and Environmental Impact on Gene Networks into a three week, intensive systems and inquiry and short course.
Since a formal lab setting were not available, students completed all experiments on tables with stir plates and other needed equipment. The lessons were taught in the order listed on our module pages and with Ecological Networks being taught first. Students creatively designed their own experiments in the Environmental Impact on Gene Networks in teams of 3-5 students – for many this was their first lab experiment. Amanda and her students made the most of their environment and available resources to make this a very valuable experience for all.