University of Georgia

  • Multimedia-based materials focused on basic physiological processes involved in diabetes
  • Features 3D models and animations
  • Partnership with University of Georgia and August State University
  • Funding source: National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)

BSCS is working with scientists and science educators at the University of Georgia and Augusta State University. This five-year collaborative project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. The purpose of the project is to create multimedia-based curriculum materials to help high school students learn about and conduct inquiries into basic physiological processes that are involved in diabetes. The inquiries will use high-quality 3D models and animations. Students will collect and analyze data from 3D models and animations.

This five-year partnership project among scientists and science educators at the University of Georgia, Augusta State University, science teachers in high schools, and BSCS is a component of our long-term goal of enticing high school students to consider careers in science. The objectives of this project are to create and rigorously evaluate curricular materials that utilize high-quality 3D animations of physiological processes as a means for high school students to conduct inquiries into the life-threatening effects of diabetes.

The inquiry-based learning activities created in this project will cover five key biological processes: filtration, active transport, passive transport, blood pressure, and glucose homeostasis. The inquiries will direct the students to look for, describe, and quantify details and changes that characterize the effects of diabetes on the five selected biological processes.

As the students progress through the inquiries, they will generate data that will be used to compare the effectiveness of these curricular materials with traditional methods of teaching the same subject matter.

The curricular materials will be evaluated to assess their impact on student achievement and student interest in science as a possible career. A unique component of this project will be the students’ on-site visits to the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, during which they will learn how veterinarians and physicians evaluate kidney function, how research on animals is translated to human medicine, and how clinical trials are performed in veterinary and human medicine to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments.

For more information, contact BSCS Science Educator Anne Westbrook.