Undergraduate student Quinn McCashin instructions in Canada Gliomycia Network which held a one-day workshop for 40 Edmonton High School Science teachers of carbohydrates – and hands on ways to teach in the science classroom at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, November 30, 2018.
High school teachers were on the other side of the University of Alberta University on Friday with a chance to play with research on carbohydrates that are made in their own backyard.
About 40 teachers from the Edmonton area participated in a daily program that offered 42 practical activities and lessons created by local teachers and researchers for glycoma, the study of carbohydrates in humans.
The workshop was organized by GlycoNet, a Canadian research network focused on supporting glycemic studies and studies, and the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology at the University (CMASTE), in order to help local teachers bring in carbohydrate science in their classroom through a local lens.
"We wanted to break the barriers between what teachers expect to teach some of the studies that take place in Edmonton and Alberta," said GlycoNet Training Coordinator and Project Coordinator Ryan Snininski. "Today we emphasize people and projects that happen right on the way from which many of these teachers teach."
Snitynsky said GlycoNet hopes that this pilot project Alberta will provide examples to students and help develop an interest in the study of carbohydrates.
"We do not expect that they will all be carbohydrate researchers, but through this experience as voters, citizens and taxpayers, they can have a fuller appreciation of science that is happening in their communities and be able to critically analyze problems which the society faces, "he said.
Teachers taught that research is being done at the university looking for treatments for tuberculosis and Alzheimer's disease through the study of glycemia, as sugars are the first point of contact for cell disease, explained Stinetsky.
"If we can understand these types of interactions, we can use that information to develop new treatments and new drugs," he said.
After completing the practical activity for constructing the structure of proteins, the biological grade teacher 11 and 12, Kathy Teewsen, said she hoped to bring in the practical implications of carbohydrates in the body, such as blood writing and the immune response back to the classroom .
"It makes the children worry more, because in some way they influence them," she said of a workshop created by fellow teachers who spent three summers with researchers at six universities across the country. "There is more understanding of what you can actually use in the classroom, because it has been developed by former teachers."
GlycoNet, which started at U of A and now in 31 institutions across the country, hopes to expand the workshop program in other provinces and will further help translate the science of carbohydrates to high school students.