Model Stem Cell Curriculum
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Owner/Developer: Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
United States of America
These detailed lessons comprise the “CIRM model curriculum on stem cell science” as discussed in Senate Bill 471 (Romero and Steinberg)-the California Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009-signed by the Governor. CIRM is responsible for appropriating funds for stem cell research in California & operates using funds from California Bond Sales, not Federal funds
United States of America
|Model Stem Cell Curriculum Overview The first outreach to students developed by CIRM was an introductory PowerPoint stem cell lesson. This lesson has been presented to teachers and students in California to stimulate interest and disseminate stem cell science information in this area of study for which there is little textbook material available. The introductory lesson is included as part of this curriculum along with detailed lessons (modules) in five units. The introductory lesson is intended for use by teachers who wish to teach a short lesson in one class period. The curriculum was developed by CIRM staff or CIRM-sponsored outreach programs, in collaboration with high school teachers in the Bay Area and San Diego. These materials are suitable for use in 9th through 12th grade biology, advanced biology, AP biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, AP chemistry, community college classes, biotechnology, physiology, anatomy, and government courses. Unit one is most appropriate for beginning biology classes. Units two through five are appropriate for more advanced classes but can be adapted for beginning students. The curriculum is comprehensive, and is intended for use by teachers and students as a study of stem cell biology and its uses in medicine and treatment therapies. Model Curriculum A team of California high school teachers, CIRM staff, and experienced student members of the UC Berkeley Stem Cell Education Outreach Program crafted five units in four to seven-day modules on stem cell science that are available online, free of charge, to high school teachers. Together with the introductory stem cell lesson, the units provide you with a central source for unbiased, accurate scientific information you can use to engage students in stem cell science while conveying underlying biological concepts and considering underlying ethical dilemmas. The team made every effort to verify the scientific accuracy of each unit. Although the units also introduce ethical issues regarding stem cell research, they strive to take a balanced position on these issues, describing both the benefits of embryonic stem cell research and the importance of discussing societal questions regarding technologies such as in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and human embryonic stem cell research. See topics covered in the units below.
Interactive online resources, Other
Optional / Voluntary
10 days per unit
for biology high school teachers
Teachers and educators
Ethics, In vitro methods
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
|Details on the topic or technology covered:
Unit 1: Embryonic stem cells, in-vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
Unit 2: Adult stem cells, homeostasis and regenerative medicine
Unit 3: The microenvironment, its role in cell fate decisions and cancer
Unit 4: The immune system and the hematopoietic stem cell lineage tree
Unit 5: Developing induced pluripotent stem cells
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