Through Systems Education Experiences (SEE), we have developed Four Curriculum Modules - Three Complete, One in Field Testing
Each module, and the lessons within the modules, can be completed independently or together in a classroom. All modules work toward helping students internalize interdisciplinary STEM concepts and the skills of research and systems biology. Systems thinking, collaboration, inquiry-based experimentation and problem-solving are key components of these learning experiences. See our home page for more general information on our program.
Ecological Networks, is typically taught in 8-12th grade life science courses. This curriculum supplement consists of three subunits that can each be taught independently. These subunits work together to teach students how to think on a systems level while collaborating and applying their understanding to a case study involving an extreme environment. In 2007, this module was certified by WA State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) as exemplary materials according to their rigorous guidelines. List of Credits
In the module, Environmental Influence on Gene Networks, students in high school biology, genetics, environmental science and biotechnology courses complete the steps systems scientists take when investigating how organisms induce phenotypic changes in response to the environment. This two week instructional module consists of four components: Scientists Prepare and Plan, Investigating the Response of Halobacterium in Various Stimuli, Data Analysis to Propose Network Function, and Analysis of Response and Network Interactions.
In the module, Observing Beyond our Senses: Inquiry Drives Technology, high school students in physics, integrated science, engineering and biotechnology courses are confronted with the same challenges scientists and engineers are when the technology they need to answer questions is not available.
A fourth module is currently being developed. It is entitled Ocean Acidification: A Systems Approach to a Global Problem and focuses on a using evidence and systems studies to understand ocean acidification and bloom dynamics.
Our modules are often adapted by teachers for their particular classroom and/or for science fairs and other student-based projects. For ideas on how to adapt these modules for individual students projects, please view our Module Adaptation Page.
For printable, one page descriptions of the modules, please use these links:
Environmental Influence on Gene Networks
Observing Beyond our Senses: Inquiry Drives Technology
Ocean Acidification: A Systems Approach to a Global Problem