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Episode 028: Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into 3D Learning with Sarah J. Fick PhD


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Meet Sarah J. Fick, PhD. Sarah works with a team of researchers to develop curriculum materials that support learning environments focused on using the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices to support students knowledge building of science and engineering disciplinary core ideas. In this episode, we talk about 3 roles of CCC in 3D learning.

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 Show Highlights

  • 08:00 - 12:00   Thinking about how disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts intersect + an example using systems and watersheds
  • 12:15 - 14:45   Explicitly teaching cross-cutting concepts
  • 15:00 - 22:20   How cross-cutting concepts appear in conceptual models + highlighting student understanding in their models
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Episode 024: Improving Photosynthesis with Dr. Steven Burgess





Meet plant biologist, Dr. Steven Burgess. In this episode Dr. Burgess talks about his research in improving photosynthesis to increase crop yields. He also tells us about important skills needed to be a scientist which he believes are important skills for everyone. Are we teaching these skills in our NGSS classrooms? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:30 - 08:25    Learn about Steven's work with the RIPE lab
  • 06:30 - 11:45    Computational modeling and genetic modification
  • 12:15 - 13:30    How does this impact global warming? 
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Steven got involved with this research
  • 19:30 - 23:55    Chlorophyll and light absorption
  • 24:30 - 29:30    Skills Steven thinks students need to pursue careers in...
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Episode 020: Meet a Biomedical Engineer: Jordan Harrod



Meet Jordan Harrod, a biomedical engineer. Her work focuses on machine learning for neuroscience. In this episode we learn about her research and what it takes to become a biomedical engineer.  

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 05:30 - 07:30    What work can teachers do to build a foundation for students' careers in research and engineering?
  • 09:00 - 12:30    What is BrainNet?
  • 13:00 - 15:50    Applications for Jordan's research on anesthesia 
  • 15:50 - 22:30    Biases in artificial intelligence + medical research
  • 26:45 - 30:00    Resources Jordan suggests for science teachers

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"I think definitely for research and engineering generally the best thing that anyone can do is focus on experience and experimental learning." [5:41-5:52]  ...

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