You are invited! The students in the high school iCREATE Bioscience Class will be presenting their creative team solutions to the problem of tracking of Influenza-Like-Illnesses (ILIs) in Coconino County on Wednesday, March 7th from 3:30-5:00 pm in Room 512 of NAU's Science and Health Building #36.
The Innovative Collaborative Research Experience and Technical Education (iCREATE) class is a CAVIAT course with students from Flagstaff High School and Coconino High School, though it is open to all 10-12th graders in Flagstaff. The class meets Monday-Thursday at NAU for a 6-credit, year-long class in conjunction with Coconino Community College.
The iCREATE course is a key component of a three-year National Science Foundation funded project that tests a model of community engagement in STEM learning. The course engages students in an authentic problem, the spread of infectious disease (specifically influenza). The course integrates the study of relevant bioscience topics and epidemiological principles with the technological project of designing and implementing a data collection system using computer and geospatial technologies software in order to monitor the transmission of influenza.
Course instructors Dr. Aaron Tabor and Robert (Bobby) Woodruff invite you to learn from the creative problem-solving of the motivated students in the iCREATE class. We hope you join us!
Project partners include: The Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, Translational Genomics Research Institute North (TGen North), Flagstaff STEM City, and the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology (CAVIAT), a local provider of career and technical education courses. The project also includes multiple regional health care providers including North County HealthCare and the Coconino County Health Department. Together, we aim to increase local students’ motivation and interest in STEM learning and careers in order to positively affect the region’s future STEM workforce.
You can link here for the Arizona CTE Bioscience course standards to learn what the students in this intensive course will have covered during this comprehensive high school program. Note that the epidemiological problem-based learning to engage students, enhancing this course, is in addition to the course requirements.