Last April, approximately 25 high school biology teachers from around the country arrived in Woods Hole, Massachusetts for a 3-day mini-course on insect biology. In classrooms overlooking the Vineyard Sound, the teachers worked in groups to label and identify bugs and process their DNA. The goal: learn how to bring this kind of college-level research into their classrooms.
Teachers at a 3-day mini-course in Woods Hole
"We are trying to get students to do hands-on, problem-based, student-led investigations, rather than cookbook labs," said Debra Felix, a linkurl:precollege science education; program officer at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which funds several pre-college education programs. "Students just don't get much out of cookie cutter labs since they don't understand the point of it." George Wolfe, biology teacher and principal of the linkurl:Academy of Science; in Loudon County, Virginia, agreed. The academy, which offers advanced math and science classes to supplement the students'...

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