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.
Past Workshops and Highlights
Bringing carbohydrate science into high school classrooms (Nov 28, 2019)
A full day workshop connecting high school science teachers with current scientific research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan
Carb loading: Edmonton-area science teachers go back to school for lessons on carbohydrates (Dec 1, 2018, Edmonton Journal)
High school teachers were on the other side of the classroom at the University of Alberta on Friday with the chance to play with the research on carbohydrates being done in their own backyard.
What is the life of a scientist like? An interview with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Guillaume Dejean.
Learn more about the action of enzymes and efforts to treat diabetes.
How does our diet affect our health? Find out more in this webquest.Download support materials
Learn more about how carbohydrates can be turned into fuel.
Investigate rate-determining factors of enzymes in this colourful lab activity.
Find out how disease can affect the composition of urine.
Understanding how enzymes work is crucial for developing treatments to serious diseases, such as diabetes and Gaucher disease. Find out more in this video.
Learn more about two GlycoNet researchers, Prof. Whitfield and Prof. Brown
Find out more about MRSA and the dangers it poses.
Find out more about how microbes evade antibiotics, and what we can do about it.
Learn about the properties of hemp and its economic value.
How are new antibiotics discovered? Find out more in this resource.
Not all bacteria are harmful; explore some of the beneficial microbes found in food.
Explore functional groups and isomerism, and learn more about the chemistry of the thalidomide tragedy.
An interdisciplinary activity on transcription, translation, and the chemical properties of amino acids.
Students will learn about intermolecular forces by examining how fluids interact with different surfaces.
Many molecules interact with receptors located on the cell membrane – learn why understanding this process is essential for discovering new drugs.Download support materials
Examine transcription and translation in the context of bacteriophages, a tool used to build large peptide libraries.
Discover a simple, low-cost solution for culturing bacteria in resource-limited environments.
Find out how protein structure is determined by building a papier mâché model.
Create a classroom awareness campaign about the importance of vaccination.Download support materials
Use this interactive timeline to explore how our understanding of this disease has changed through time
Learn more about the development of vaccines and their components.
Follow Dr. Denis Giguère’s career path and learn about the research going on in his lab.
How does a molecule discovered in a lab become a drug on our pharmacy shelves? Find out in this lesson.
Examine how infectious diseases interact with the immune system, and why vaccines can help.
Find out how molecules are made in the lab, and how researchers can “see” them.
How much should a new drug cost? Explore several viewpoints in this activity.
Learn how Dr. Sato found her calling.
Students will discover non-traditional careers in the sciences and create an Adobe Sparks presentation to share their findings.
Learn about Ryerson University professor Dr. Warren Wakarchuk and his research in glycobiology.
Lab Activity: Separation Exploration
Discover how scientists separate mixtures in the laboratory, and use the same principles in a classroom investigation.Grade 11/12 Version | Grade 9 Version
Explore the role genetics plays in the worldwide distribution of this enzyme , and use it to remove lactose from milk.
Learn about the importance of antibiotics and the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance.
Explore the molecular interactions behind the flu.Download support materials
Learn more about blood group antigens and potential complications they can cause during pregnancy.
This lesson explores the role of biotechnology in treating serious diseases.Download support materials
Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan share their career stories and offer advice to students planning careers in the sciences.Download support materials
Students role play to diagnose and suggest treatments for a family’s illness.
Explore this issue through a structured debate, and learn more about the protocols researchers must follow when using animals in experiments.
What is cyclodextrin? Find out how this molecule is being used to clean up some of the world’s water.
All high school science resources featured on this page of the Canadian Glycomics Network website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.