Microrespirometers at the KABT share-a-thon, NABT

KABT folks gathered to share some of their favorite labs at NABT this Thurs. We had an enthusiastic crowd Pat W. came by and took a bunch of picts and KABT’s own Todd Carter stopped by and was his presidential electedness…


I chose to present on microrespirometers (since I had some from an earlier presentation) I promised the attendees that they would find a more complete accounting of the tools. Follow this link to microrespirometers and how they work….be sure to scroll down to capture all of the info and you’ll find links on the page that will take you to pdf documents as well


KABT at NABT – Water Drops on Pennies and Protein Modeling

We had a great crowd sharing with us at the NABT conference in Atlanta. I especially enjoyed the interaction with all the people attending our Share-A-Thon. Here are copies of the handouts I provided:

Link to Drops of Water on a Penny

Link to Reclaiming the Third Dimension

Link to Center for BioMolecular Modeling – 15 Tacks with Toobers Protein Modeling

IABT and KABT think alike

J.R. Schrock sends word that the Indiana Association of Biology Teachers have gone to a blog as well:

“We have recently moved some of the burden of an electronic newsletter to a blog-site so you can keep up with news, views, and other things to peruse!

Check out our new and developing IABT News & Info site at:

http://iabt.wordpress.com (no “www” used in the address)

If you are tech-savvy, you can add this site to your RSS reader and get prompted every time we update the site….

Kirk A. Janowiak”

They have found the utility of using wordpress and RSS feeds but you’ll notice they have some the same issues we do as well such as getting folks to contribute.


An opportunity for Bio teachers

The following was posted by Netia Elam on the AP biology listserv last night. AP teachers out there might want to get involved with this research. Gaming has a lot of potential for learning in the classroom.

“The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a non-profit organization researching the design and impact of learning technologies, will be demonstrating Immune Attack later this week at the National Association of Biology Teacher’s Professional Development Conference in Atlanta. Immune Attack is an educational game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology. I used it with my AP Bio students last year, and not only did they enjoy playing the game, they also enjoyed being part of the research process!

FAS is beginning a large-scale evaluation of Immune Attack and is looking for high school and college biology teachers willing to participate. If you are willing to evaluate the game with your classes, please visit FAS at booth #313 or click on the link below to complete a short questionnaire about the classes you teach.

Click here to complete the questionnaire. [http://fasweb.beacontec.com/blog/immuneattack/?page_id=60]

FAS will contact all of the teachers who are interested in participating – please forward this email to colleagues that might also be interested in participating. Thank you very much for your help in this important learning research project.


Overview of the Game: Immune Attack is designed to have the look and feel of a commercial quality video game and was funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant to FAS and Brown University. It is designed to be used as adjunctive material for a chapter on immunology in high school and college biology freshman textbooks such as Biology: Exploring Life by Campbell, Williamson & Heydon; Prentice Hall Biology by Miller & Levine; and Biology by Campbell & Reece. A prototype of the Immune Attack game has been tested with approximately 300 students across the country. Feedback from the prototype evaluation was subsequently used to improve the player interface and learning content.

Evaluation: The evaluation is designed to assess differences in attitudes and enthusiasm towards science in general, immunology in particular, and level of understanding of the immune system among students who play Immune Attack. Filling out the two evaluation forms shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes and playing the game would require an additional 45 minutes. Student pre- and post- surveys and teacher questionnaires will be collected via a website. Information will also be collected on age, gender, race and experience with video games both for teachers and students to allow for more meaningful interpretation of data.

Anticipated outcomes for students who play Immune Attack versus the control groups include: 1) greater increase in student interest and enthusiasm for immunology in particular and for science in general; 2) greater increase in student interest in biotechnology related careers; and 3) improved knowledge of the immune system.

Federation of American Scientists Contact: