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Mars Rover Scenario
Click here to explore this Mars Rover lesson through video with Dr. Alberto J. Rodriguez
Science and Song
Click here to view this lesson from Dr. Deb Morrison.
Speed Limit Study
- This exhibit describes a school and university collaboration teaching the science topics of force and motion with explicit connections to the lives, experiences, and concerns of children. In order to engage children in local community planning, development, and safety issues like speeding commuters, children began to use science to study questions like "How fast do cars actually travel in front of our school?" This was a question that provided an authentic context for problem solving while allowing children the opportunity to directly influence and change their community. Throughout the week children explored motion, speed, school and societal rules, and responsibility, in relation to the problem of cars speeding by during school hours as harried commuters raced through the community to make their work deadlines.
Visitors to this exhibit can expect to observe:
- various pedagogical strategies for teaching difficult concepts like speed and deceleration,
- strategies for helping students interpret graphs,
- strategies for applying real world data to abstract concepts, and
- ways to connect and engage children in larger social issues as they act as a change agent in their own communities.
Click here to view this lesson with Dr. Randy Yerrick.
Students learn digital image analysis to explore disease
- Digital image processing is a state-of- the art technology that research scientists use. Our lesson was created in response to a vision that a Buffalo Public School Teacher had after participating in a summer program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo. From his experiences at Roswell Park, he gained valuable insight into what actually goes on when determining whether or not a patient has cancer. What was remarkable to him was that a patient could undergo a procedure involving a biopsy of the tissue in question, the sample then swiftly taken to the cytopathology department where the doctors looks for cancerous cells using digital image processing, and the patient gets the much needed diagnosis, all within an hour's time. This innovative technology that scientists use has and can come to the classroom where it potentially can transform teaching and learning. Steve, the Buffalo Public School Teacher, wanted so much to bring his experiences to his students but needed help. With the help of students from the University at Buffalo including Ekue, a PhD pharmacology student who has experience with digital image processing, his vision became a reality.
Click here to explore this lesson with Steve and Randy.
who we are
SEEDS Stands for Science Educators for Equity, Diversity, and Social justice.
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what we do
SEEDS is an organization dedicated to social justice within/through science and science education.