Plant IT: Careers, Cases, and Collaborations Getting Started with Investigative Cases July 7 th , 2008 Margaret Waterman Southeast Missouri State University Ethel Stanley Beloit College. The Rumor. Author: Stacey Kiser, Lane CC bioquest.org/lifelines.
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Plant IT: Careers, Cases, and CollaborationsGetting Started with Investigative CasesJuly 7th, 2008Margaret WatermanSoutheast Missouri State UniversityEthel Stanley Beloit College
Stacey Kiser, Lane CC bioquest.org/lifelines
"I read on the Internet that you can get Mad Cow Disease from Altoids."
What do you think this case is about?
What do you already know that relates to this case?
What do you need to know to understand the case?
How might this case be used in your classroom?
“Inquiry into authentic questions generated from student experiences is the central strategy for teaching science.”
Plant IT: Careers, Cases and Collaborations
“Science often is a collaborative endeavor, and all science depends on the ultimate sharing and debating of ideas.”
Plant IT: Careers, Cases and Collaborations
Investigative Case Based Learning (ICBL)
ICBL Case Module
Lana McNeil Northwest Campus College of Rural Alaska
Teruko sat with her friend Sean at lunch and enthusiastically described her brother’s wedding and reception in Japan. “The family hired special chefs who prepared some amazing dishes. My favorite was the kujira.”“What’s kujira?” Sean asked.“It’s whale meat,” Teruko replied. When Sean made a face, she continued, “It’s delicious really. Better than this pepperoni pizza.”
Isn’t whale meat illegal? I read there’s a huge black market and people pay up to $400 a pound for what they think is whale meat,” Sean said.
Now it was Teruko who made a face. “How do they know it’s not whale meat?” she asked.Some biotech test,” Sean replied with a shrug.
Acknowledgment: Peter Lockhart
BioQUEST Summer 2002 Workshop
The following take home exam was based on a mini case in which a 14 week-old puppy that “chews on everything” was found ill in the back yard.
Resources for each student:
Submit a memo reporting your findings as a forensics specialist:
Provide an identification of the plant material with evidence to support choices:
In the 1840’s, Late Blight devastated the potato crop which resulted in mass starvation and forced migration of the human population.
Simulation Results: IRELAND 1840’s
Cool, wet conditions, no pest management
Sporangia from cull pile
Infections from volunteers
Crop lost before harvest
Modern Management: Blight Cast
Using 1840 conditions.
Result of spraying every 5 days = $278 profit, no tuber loss, 3% foliage loss.
“I’m glad I don’t live on a 200 acre farm like you, Sam!” teased Sue as the two friends hurried into their Biology class.
“Why?” asked Sam, “Weren’t you just complaining about living in your parent’s downtown condo?”
“Well, that’s true,” Sue admitted, “But I was thinking about today’s class assignment on sustainability. I bet you have the biggest footprint in the whole class.”
Much to Sue’s surprise, Sam didn’t look all that concerned. He held out his hand and replied confidently, “I’ll take that bet!”
A Day at the Bay
Liam and his cousin Solana were enjoying their family reunion at Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. His Mom explained how the family was descended from oystermen and crabbers, which made both of them curious about how to harvest oysters and crabs from the bay.
While waiting in line to purchase tickets for a
boat tour of the bay, Solana asked, “Can we
“Can we, Mom?” Liam echoed.
“Sorry, kids…” his Mom said with a
shrug, “this part of the Bay doesn’t
support commercial shell fishing anymore.”
The man selling tickets overheard their conversation. “There’s a good bayside sea grass project and blue crab life cycle display at the nature center,” he offered. “If you’d like to know more about the Bay, it’s a great place to learn.”
“I’d like to go,” Liam said, ”after we go boating?”
“… and flying,” Solana added, watching a seaplane slowly zigzag back and forth across the bay. “Do you think people are sightseeing up there?”