Driving Question: How are local labs solving cellular mysteries?
Big idea: Our next unit concerns cells and the processes that keep them running. These topics are widely referred to as “Cell Biology” and researchers working in this field aim to uncover the secrets of cells and the molecules within them. Their work forms the foundation for medical breakthroughs and new forms of treatment that can improve life as we know it! In this project, you will act as a science journalist covering local advancements in biological research as you get to know a local lab and their important research in order to share their story with the world.
Helpful update: Blog post on “How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists”
General Project Workflow:
- Select a local lab that studies some aspect of cell biology (see links below).
- Conduct interviews with lab members (professors, graduate students,
- Do background research on the science behind their work. Assemble a list of references (Must include at least one “review” and one “primary research” article).
- Strive to understand the lab’s questions, experimental techniques, and results on a deeper level.
- Write an article profiling the lab and their research, citing your sources properly.
- Present your journalism to the class using powerpoint/google-slides.
- Compile articles into an VAHS AP Bio Cell Biology research “magazine”
Links to find local cell biology labs:
Due date 1: By Friday 9/16, Select a local lab, and email members politely requesting an interview. Please carbon copy or “CC” Mr. Le on this email for credit.