High School Resources

GlycoNet has teamed up with the University of Alberta’s Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (CMASTE) to produce resources for use in Canadian high school classrooms.

Each summer, GlycoNet-affiliated researchers host several teachers in their labs. Over the course of a couple of weeks, the teachers become familiar with the projects GlycoNet researchers are working on, learn about the career possibilities in glycomics-related STEM fields, and have the opportunity to try out some basic experiments. The teachers then draw on this experience to create resources and activities for use in general science, biology, and chemistry classrooms across the country. Learn more about CMASTE.

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  • University of British Columbia (2015)

    • Webquest: Bacteria are Dangerous!!!
    • Career Connection: Guillaume Dejean

      What is the life of a scientist like? An interview with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Guillaume Dejean.


      Career Connection: Guillaume Dejean TR
    • Exploration Activity: Plant Puzzle

      Learn more about the action of enzymes and efforts to treat diabetes.


      Exploration Activity: Plant Puzzle TR

      Exploration Activity: Data Sheet
    • Webquest: Beta-What? A look at carbohydrates and our immune system

      How does our diet affect our health? Find out more in this webquest.

      Webquest: Beta-What? A look at carbohydrates and our immune system (Word file)

      Webquest: Beta-What? A look at carbohydrates and our immune system TR
    • Explore an Issue: Biofuel Brouhaha

      Learn more about how carbohydrates can be turned into fuel.


      Explore an Issue: Biofuel Brouhaha TR
    • Factors Affecting the Rate of an Enzyme Catalyzed Reaction

      Investigate rate-determining factors of enzymes in this colourful lab activity.


      Factors Affecting the Rate of an Enzyme Catalyzed Reaction TR
    • Lab Activity: Urinalysis

      Find out how disease can affect the composition of urine.

    • Video: Regulation of Enzymes

      Understanding how enzymes work is crucial for developing treatments to serious diseases, such as diabetes and Gaucher disease. Find out more:

  • University of Guelph/McMaster University (2015)

    • Career Connections

      Learn more about two GlycoNet researchers, Prof. Whitfield and Prof. Brown


      Career Connections Questions TR
    • Career Profile: Prof. Mario Monteiro

      Career Profile: Prof. Mario Monteiro TR
    • Career Connection: Prof. Eric Brown

      Career Connection: Prof. Eric Brown TR
    • Case Study: MRSA

      Find out more about MRSA and the dangers it poses.


      Case Study: MRSA TR
    • Explore an Issue: Antibiotic Resistance

      Find out more about how microbes evade antibiotics, and what we can do about it.


      Explore an Issue: Antibiotic Resistance TR
    • Explore an Issue: Hemp in Canada

      Learn about the properties of hemp and its economic value.


      Explore an Issue: Hemp in Canada TR
    • Explore an Issue: New Antibiotics

      How are new antibiotics discovered? Find out more in this resource.


      Explore an Issue: New Antibiotics (Powerpoint)

      Explore an Issue: New Antibiotics TR
    • Lab Activity: Bacteria in Food

      Not all bacteria are harmful; explore some of the beneficial microbes found in food.


      Lab Activity: Bacteria in Food TR
  • University of Alberta (2016)

    • Case Study: Improving Human Health

      Explore functional groups and isomerism, and learn more about the chemistry of the thalidomide tragedy.


      Case Study: Improving Human Health TR

      Case Study: Improving Human Health (Answer Key)

    • Exploration: Searching for Molecules at the Speed of Google

      An interdisciplinary activity on transcription, translation, and the chemical properties of amino acids.


      Exploration: Searching for Molecules at the Speed of Google TR

      Exploration: Searching for Molecules at the Speed of Google (Answer Key)

      Exploration: Peer Assessment Rubric

    • Lab Investigation: Factors Influencing Solvent Flow

      Students will learn about intermolecular forces by examining how fluids interact with different surfaces.


      Lab Investigation: Factors Influencing Solvent Flow TR

      Lab Investigation: Factors Influencing Solvent Flow (Student Example)

      Lab Investigation: Factors Influencing Solvent Flow (Rubric)

      Lab Investigation: Report Guide

    • Webquest: Cell Membranes and Medicines

      Many molecules interact with receptors located on the cell membrane - learn why understanding this process is essential for discovering new drugs.

      Webquest: Cell Membranes and Medicines TR

      Webquest: Cell Membranes and Medicines (Answer Key)

    • Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage

      Examine transcription and translation in the context of bacteriophages, a tool used to build large peptide libraries.


      Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage TR

      Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage (Rubric/Answer Key)

      Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage (Appendix 1)

      Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage (Appendix 2)

    • Adapted Primary Literature: Paper and Tape Microorganism Detectors

      Discover a simple, low-cost solution for culturing bacteria in resource-limited environments.


      Adapted Primary Literature: Paper and Tape Microorganism Detectors TR

      Adapted Primary Literature: Adapted Document

      Adapted Primary Literature: Original Document

    • Protein Structure Papier Mâché

      Find out how protein structure is determined by building a papier mâché model.


      Protein Structure Papier Mâché TR

    • Webquest: Vaccination

      Create a classroom awareness campaign about the importance of vaccination.

      Webquest: Vaccination TR

      Webquest: Vaccination (Rubric)

  • Université Laval (2016)

    • HIV/AIDS Through Time

      Use this interactive timeline to explore how our understanding of this disease has changed through time


      HIV/AIDS Through Time TR

    • Manufacturing a Vaccine

      Learn more about the development of vaccines and their components.


      Manufacturing a Vaccine TR

    • Career Connection: Dr. Giguère

      Follow Dr. Denis Giguère's career path and learn about the research going on in his lab.


      Career Connection: Dr. Giguère TR

    • Bringing New Drugs to Market

      How does a molecule discovered in a lab become a drug on our pharmacy shelves? Find out in this lesson.


      Bringing New Drugs to Market TR

      Bringing New Drugs to Market (Rubric)

    • Exploration Activity: Infectious Diseases and Vaccination TR

      Examine how infectious diseases interact with the immune system, and why vaccines can help.


      Exploration Activity: Pathogen Quest TR

      Exploration Activity: Vaccination Video Questions

      Exploration Activity: Vaccination Video Questions TR
    • Lab Activity: Seeing the Unseeable!

      Find out how molecules are made in the lab, and how researchers can "see" them.


      Lab Activity: Seeing the Unseeable! TR

      Lab Activity: Teacher's Guide

      Lab Technician Guide

      Pre-Lab Handout

    • Student Debate: Drug Affordability and Accessibility

      How much should a new drug cost? Explore several viewpoints in this activity.


    • Career Connection: Dr. Sato

      Learn how Dr. Sato found her calling.


      Career Connection: Dr. Sato TR

      Student Document

      Student Document TR


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