As a major deliverable for the HHMI-FT program, each intern creates an online learning module based on the research narrative of their host laboratory. The modules are designed to provide self-study opportunities and curriculum support to high school science teachers, advanced high school students, undergraduate and graduate students at UNC.

Creator: Alli Sarfati

Proteins of the Deep Sea is an online learning module that outlines research going on in Dr. Bill Kier's lab that examines how cephalopods control muscle contraction speed. This module takes students through the process of using biotechnology to find the amino acid sequence of the myosin muscle protein in the California Two-Spot Octopus. It highlights the importance of studying proteins and amino acid sequences, methods in biotechnology, and the nature of scientific research. This website is designed for biology students in grades 9-12 and can also be used by anyone interested in learning more about this research.
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Creator: Anna Stallmann

This module is based on plant research in the Dangl lab at UNC Chapel Hill. It guides readers through the overall goals, steps, and potential outcomes of a typical research story in the field of plant immunity with a focus on transgenic plants as useful tools in accomplishing research goals. The information is most appropriate for high school biology students, particularly those who have already covered DNA and protein synthesis. The module and accompanying teacher resources would work well with a unit on biotechnology!
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Creator: Ashley Trudeau

This learning module explores current research in the labs of Sabrina Burmeister and Karin Pfennig at UNC-Chapel Hill. The researchers in their labs work with spadefoot toads to research mate-choice behavior. Over the course of this module you will be introduced to research in animal behavior, explore the inner workings of a lab, and conduct your own virtual experiment. This module is directed towards high school students and teachers.
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Creator: Brooke Sauer

Use of this module is meant to help teachers and students explore more specifically the varying roles of proteins in the cell and how knowledge of proteins can be applied more generally to disease contexts— more specifically, cancer. The aim is not simply to convey curricular objectives, but also explore specific methods of protein research, such as molecular cloning, and connect knowledge of proteins to current research endeavors at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the help of Dr. William Marzluff and his lab members, this module provides both interactive and engaging materials that are not only informative, but also explore the Nature of Science and inquiry. The module serves as a supplement to Cell Cycle and DNA Replication lesson plans in an introductory high school biology course.
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Creator: Elizabeth Service

This interactive website is designed to introduce high school biology students to fruit fly research and why and how model organisms are used to study general biology. The students will submerge themselves in the scientific process by walking through a day in the life of a scientist and then trying a fruit fly cross themselves. There are also three classroom activities for teachers to use.
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Creator: Emilie Romero

Check out this interactive site and learn about diease ecology. Learn how researchers are currently studying disease with an emphasis on the scientific method. A quiz on experiment design and a fun simulation accompany the site.
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Creator: James McCord

This module focuses on ongoing research in the field of cancer studie that is occuring at UNC-Chapel Hill. The module covered Gene > Protein interaction, Mitosis, DNA, RNA, and Protein roles in the cell, and the basic features of cancer. This module is intended for students with a basic understanding of genes and cells.
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Creator: Kathleen Tonsberg

The Power of Google is an Algebra II online learning module that takes high school students through the idea and math behind the Google website. The website was created with advice from Dr. Peter Mucha and graduate student Feng "Bill" Shi in the mathematics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The learning module will teach them what networks are and how that relates to the way Google operates its search engine. The module will also teach students matrix multiplication as it explains how Google uses in their algorithm known as PageRank. The module also contains a section for teachers offering guidance on how to use the website and a classroom activity to complement what the students learn in the module.
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