Based on their research on salt-adapted microbes (halophiles), Dr. Amy Schmid and Dr. Cindy Darnell have developed a program to engage teachers in current scientific content while emphasizing methods that minimize costs. During this two-day workshop (9am to 5pm each day), participants will perform low-budget experiments with high value, featuring a microbial growth assay with downstream mathematical and statistical analysis. Also included are other low-cost modules showcasing a variety of microbiology topics, including ecology, antibiotic resistance, DNA extraction, and bioinformatic approaches. So that participants can implement the learning module in their classrooms, they will receive activity kits which will include protocols and a coupon for purchasing a Halobacterium growth kit from Carolina Biological. This workshop content is similar to the “Microbes and Math” workshop offered in 2017 and 2018.
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.