LMS teacher learns at Fred Hutchinson

DeAnn Ross, a science and mathematics teacher at Langley Middle School, is taking a summer intensive course at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Ross, a longtime-teacher with the South Whidbey School District, is one of 21 teachers from Western Washington invited to work with the center’s scientists July 9 to July 25.

“Our goal is for teachers to bring back what they learn over the summer to help jump-start their students’ knowledge of bioscience and research and perhaps kindle their interest in jobs or careers in science,” said Nancy Hutchinson, director of the Hutchinson Center’s Science Education Partnership program, in a release.

At first, the course will be a role reversal. The teachers begin as students and learn concepts and techniques before engaging in research. Teachers work one-on-one with a scientist/researcher in a laboratory that focuses on protein structure, stem cells, gene regulation, yeast genetics and fruit-fly development.

The second half of the course will teach ways to include scientific concepts and techniques in the classroom. Also included in the course is access to the program’s science-kit loan, which contains equipment for experiments in DNA, bacteria and fruit-fly genetics.

The kits cost about $10,000 and include scientific materials like microcentrifuges and household items such as plastic wrap, meat tenderizer and dishwasher detergent, all to be used for classroom experiments.

“We send out the real thing; these are not kids’ toys,” Hutchinson said.


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