1. Claudia Ludwig
  2. http://see.systemsbiology.net
  3. Director, Systems Education Experiences
  5. Institute for Systems Biology
  1. Nitin Baliga
  2. Senior Vice President and Director
  4. Institute for Systems Biology

Systems Education Experience

NSF Awards: 1518261, 1565166, 1646709

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Systems Education Experiences (SEE) is an education and outreach program that was established in 2003 by the Baliga Lab at Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. The mission of the SEE program is to bring leading-edge, interdisciplinary STEM concepts and scientific practice to high school classrooms across the world. The SEE program uses a research-based approach and internship programs to sustain collaborations among students, teachers, and scientists for the purpose of developing curricula for understanding complex phenomena to solve real world problems.  Curricula developed by SEE are aligned with current education standards, and are optimized for high school classrooms, especially those that serve underrepresented groups in STEM.  Each curriculum module contains iteratively optimized lessons plans, evaluation instruments, powerpoint presentations, kits for hands-on experimentation, and free online software and resources. By hosting in-person and web-based programs to train teachers in effective dissemination through formal and informal settings, SEE has had worldwide impact on >1,700 teachers and an estimated 2,000,000 students. Evaluations and personal accounts demonstrate that SEE participants are able to critically assess complex problems at a systems level, so they can formulate and test hypotheses using authentic technologies and computation. The excitement and motivation generated by SEE can be attributed to their emphasis on providing real world context for abstract concepts and practices. This program has been replicated by other scientific organizations demonstrating that SEE can be scaled up so larger numbers of scientists can participate in providing real world STEM experiences to significantly larger numbers of students, teachers, and citizens.

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