Daniel Wendel from MIT will be Skyping in to present. He will be talking about their BioGraph project, an NSF-funded effort to study the impact of complex systems understanding and computational thinking (by way of making and using StarLogo TNG models) in introductory Biology classes. He will talk about tools and curriculum, their original experimental design, and the modifications they've had to make to get the teacher buy-in needed.
Frank Petkunas will join us via Polycom this week. Frank is the science department head at our partner school, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. He will be discussing his summer experience in Santa Fe at the Emergent Life Conference, and perhaps the Merit MIST program as well. (Frank and two of his colleagues were part of the Merit MIST program for teachers that we spoke of some last week.)