Education If A Starfish Can Grow A New Arm, Why Can't I?
Points of Contact
Joan Schanck, Director, Education and Workforce Development
LaShon Jackson, Program Coordinator, Education and Workforce Development
Bridgeside Point II Building
450 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3138
National Center for Research Resources, a Component of the National Institutes of Health, Awards PTEI $1.26 Million to Develop Carnegie Science Center Interactive, Tissue Engineering Exhibit
Through original programming and collaboration with regional and national organizations, PTEI continues to enrich K-12 science education with innovative learning experiences for students and teachers that directly involve them in the world of biotechnology, biomedicine, and the emerging field of regenerative medicine.
Targeting middle school students, teachers, and the general public, PTEI was awarded $1.26 million NCRR Phase I and Phase II Science Education Partnership Award (Grant #R25RR023286) for the Carnegie Science Center Hands-On Exhibit with ASSET-driven curricula and teacher professional development entitled, "If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I?"
This unique educational program focuses on engaging middle school students, their teachers, and the general public in the wonders of tissue engineering and its applications. Specifically, this project includes an inquiry-based, permanent, 1,200-square-foot exhibit on Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine at the Carnegie Science Center (CSC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, ASSET (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching) partners in this effort with the development of complementary educational materials, inquiry-based classroom activities, and teacher professional development.
To learn more about the "If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I?" efforts, click the following links:
The Starfish Exhibit
Teacher Professional Development
Regenerative Medicine 101
Partnership Background Information
Starfish Educational Resources and Links