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Educator Trek: Microbes and Math

  • 9:00am Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 5:00pm Sunday, July 01, 2018

Based on her research on salt-adapted microbes (halophiles) and in collaboration with the NC School of Science and Math, Dr. Amy Schmid and her colleagues from Duke University have developed a five-part learning module that engages teachers in current scientific content and models how to integrate scientific inquiry into the classroom. During this two-day workshop, participants will perform the module’s five steps: (1) reading primary literature on transcriptional regulation of stress response, (2) formulating hypotheses and designing experiments, (3) measuring microbial growth, (4) calculating microbial growth rates using Python code and/or user-friendly Excel spreadsheets and (5) analyzing data. So that participants can implement the learning module in their classrooms, they will receive activity kits which will include background materials, booklet, interactive modeling Excel spreadsheets, a coupon for purchasing a Halobacterium growth kit from Carolina Biological, and assessment forms for students and teachers. The module will also include experimental demonstrations that are adaptable for laboratory on a budget.

Credit: 16 contact hours toward CEUs

Registration information: Educator Trek Online Registration
Once you complete the online registration form, you will receive an email confirming that there is a space available in the workshop(s) you requested and an invoice for the Trek deposit (typically $25/workshop). You will need to return the invoice with payment within two weeks to confirm your space. Any balance of the workshop fee is due at the time of the workshop and can be brought with you. If the workshop is already full at the time we receive your registration, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list.


  • Fee: $25 (includes lunch on Saturday, classroom materials)
  • Requirements: For educators only (recommended for high school teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers)
  • Program Instructor: Amy Schmid Ph.D., Cindy Darnell Ph.D
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June 30 @ 9:00 am
July 1 @ 5:00 pm
$25 (includes lunch on Saturday, classroom materials)


Melissa Dowland

Christy Flint


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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