Genome Sciences Education Outreach at the University of Washington in Seattle develops innovative programs that bring leading-edge science to teachers and students in K-12 schools. These programs provide interdisciplinary, hands-on science curricula, teacher training, equipment, and support to promote systemic change in schools.

We are pleased to announce that Genome Sciences Education Outreach has received funding from a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to support our new project Genes, the Environment, and Me: Health and STEM Network (GEMNet). This project will build on our successful GEM program to develop a cross-disciplinary approach for teaching and learning about type 2 diabetes in high school biology, health, and family and consumer sciences classes.

Our previous project, Genes, the Environment, and Me, (GEM) resulted in two curricular units:

What can we learn from worms? How the nematode C. elegans maintains balance in a changing environment

and

Type 2 Diabetes: A complex disease of gene and environment interactions


GEMNet and GEM have been supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

alt textTeacher professional development is a vital component of all our programs.

Biology and medicine are changing dramatically as we begin the 21st century. Sequencing the human genome, the blueprint for human heredity, has lead to fundamental changes in the way science and medicine are practiced. New information from the Human Genome Project presents striking social and ethical challenges as well as unique opportunities that require citizens to understand science to make informed decisions. To prepare society for these challenges, we need to develop state-of-the-art curricula in both science and ethics for K-12 schools.

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Recent Publications: The paper How Do You Like Your Science, Wet or Dry? reports on impacts of the Exploring Databases project.

Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding is available in the August 2017 issue of The American Biology Teacher

Carolina Kit to Support Worm Curriculum: GSEO is partnering with Carolina Biological Supply to support teachers with the What can we learn from worms? curriculum. Kits are now available here.


Exploring Databases awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Click Read More for link to Science article.


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University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences
Education Outreach, Box 355065 ~ Foege Building, Room S-334 ~ Seattle, WA 98195
phone: (206) 616-4538 fax: (206) 685-7301