What do you get when you combine enthusiastic high school teachers and their students, scientists excited about their research, and Rapid Prototyping technology? SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Teams! In this multi-faceted program, students develop teamwork as they delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process and not just a collection of facts, and work closely with a researcher to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein the researcher studies. After designing and building a model of the protein using Rapid Prototyping technology, SMART teams create an oral presentation explaining their work to a lay audience and a poster which is presented to a scientific audience.
SMART teams developed as an extension of the CBM's summer professional development course, Modeling the Molecular World, allowing teachers to continue to explore the molecular world in depth with their students.
At MUHS, SMART team is offered as a homeroom and is moderated by Keith Klestinski and Carl Kaiser. Stop in room 325 to check us out!