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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.

 

GlycoNet-CMASTE Outreach Program

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.

Resources for High School Teachers

Browse the following high school resources developed with different research institutions across Canada. Wondering which resources to choose from to integrate with your curriculum? Try our curriculum linkages tool.
University of British Columbia

   WebQuest: Bacteria are Dangerous!!!
Are bacteria friends or foes?

   WebQuest: Beta-What? A look at carbohydrates and our immune system
How does our diet affect our health?
Download Classroom Handout (PDF) | Download Teacher Resource (PDF)

   Video: Regulation of Enzymes
Understanding how enzymes work is important for treating serious diseases like diabetes.

 Career Connection: Guillaume Dejean
What is it like being a scientist?
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 Exploration Activity: Plant Puzzle
Learn more about the action of enzymes how we use them to treat diabetes.
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 Explore an Issue: Biofuel Brouhaha
How are carbohydrates turned into fuel?
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 Factors Affecting the Rate of an Enzyme Catalyzed Reaction
Investigate rate-determining factors of enzymes in this colourful lab activity.
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 Lab Activity: Urinalysis
How can disease affect the composition of urine?
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University of Guelph / McMaster University / Ryerson University / University of Toronto

   Exploration: Therapeutic Proteins
This lesson explains how glycobiotechnology helps treat serious diseases.
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   WebQuest: Influenza and Sialic Acid
Explore the molecular interactions behind the flu.
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 Career Connection: Chris Whitfield & Eric Brown
What is the life of a scientist like? 
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  Career Connection: Warren Wakarchuk
Learn about Dr. Wakarchuks’ research in glycobiology.
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 Career Profile: Mario Monteiro
Let’s bust the myth of vaccine and autism.
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 Career Profile: Eric Brown
How is he tacking antibiotic-resistant bacteria? 
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 Case Study: More Antibiotics?
Learn more about the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance.
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 Case Study: Pregnancy and Blood Type
How can blood group antigens cause complications during pregnancy?
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 Case Study: MRSA
What are the dangers posed by MRSA?
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 Explore an Issue: Antibiotic Resistance
What can we do to prevent microbes evading from antibiotics?
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 Explore an Issue: Hemp in Canada
Learn about hemp and its economic value.
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 Explore an Issue: Discovering New Antibiotics
How are new antibiotics discovered?
Download Classroom Handout (PDF) | Download Teacher Resource (PDF) | Slides (PDF)

 Lab Activity: Bacteria in Food
Explore some of the beneficial microbes found in food.
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  Lab Activity: Amazing Lactase-ing!
What does genetics have to do with lactase? And how does this enzyme remove lactose from milk?
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  Lab Activity: Separation Exploration
Discover how scientists separate mixtures in the laboratory, and use the same principles in a classroom investigation.
Gr.9 Classroom Handout (PDF) | Gr.9 Teacher Resource (PDF)
Gr.11/12 Classroom Handout (PDF) | Gr.11/12 Teacher Resource (PDF)

  Envisioning the Career Road Ahead
Discover non-traditional careers in science and create presentations to share your findings.
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University of Alberta

  WebQuest: Cell Membranes and Medicines
Many molecules interact with receptors located on the cell membrane – why is this essential for discovering new drugs?
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   WebQuest: Vaccination
Create an awareness campaign about the importance of vaccination.
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 Case Study: Improving Human Health
Learn more about the thalidomide tragedy, functional groups, and isomerism.
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 Exploration: Searching for Molecules at the Speed of Google
An activity on transcription, translation, and the chemical properties of amino acids.
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 Lab Investigation: Factors Influencing Solvent Flow
Examine how fluids interact with different surfaces.
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 Exploration: Making a Bacteriophage
Examine transcription and translation in the context of bacteriophages, a tool used to build large peptide libraries.
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 Adapted Primary Literature: Paper and Tape Phage Detectors
Make a simple, low-cost device to detect bacteria in resource-limited environments.
Download Classroom Handout (PDF) | Download Teacher Resource (PDF)

 Protein Structure Papier Maché
Find out how 3D protein structure is determined.
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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.

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