Graduated student, Quinn McCashin, a Canadian-based Glyomics Network teacher, who was holding a workshop for 40 educational science schools in carbohydrates in Edmonton, and how to study them in a science campus at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on November 30 , 2018.
College teachers were on the other side of the classroom at the University of Alberta on Friday with the ability to play with the research of carbohydrates made in their own yard.
About 40 Edmonton-based teachers participated in the day program, offering 42 hands-on activities and lessons created by local teachers and researchers on glycers, studying carbohydrates in humans.
The workshop was hosted by GlycoNet, a Canadian research network focused on supporting the training and teaching of globally-compliant, and the University of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (CMASTE), with the purpose of helping local teachers bring carbon dioxide in their classroom through the premises lens
"We wanted to break the barriers between the professors waiting for professors and some of the research in Edmonton and Alberta," said GiancoNet training and project management Ryan Snitynsky. "Today we highlight people and projects that take place exactly the way many of these teachers teach."
Snitynsky said GlycoNet hopes that this Alberta pilot project will provide role models for students and will help develop an interest in studying carbohydrates.
"We do not expect all of them to be carbon dioxide scientists, but with this experience as voters, citizens and taxpayers, they will be able to have a greater depth of the science that is happening in their communities and can critically analyze the issues faced by society" he said.
The students of students learned about research carried out in the university in search of treatment for tuberculosis and Alzheimer's Disease through studying glycics as sugars as the first contact for diseases in cells, Snitynsky explained.
"If we can understand these types of interactions, we can use this information to develop new treatments and new drugs," he said.
After completing an activity to build a protection structure, the 11th and 12th biological professor Katie Teeuwsen said she hopes to bring the practical implications of carbohydrates in the body, such as blood-typing and immune response, back to the classroom.
"It makes children care more because it actually affects them in some way," she said about the workplace of the day created by fellow teachers who spent three summers with researchers at six universities throughout the country. "There is more understanding of what you can really use in the classroom because it is developed by former teachers."
GlycoNet, who started at U-A and now in 31 institutions across the country, hopes to expand the workplace program to other provinces and further aid to translate carbon dioxide to high school students.