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Inspiring and training future scientists:

The Laboratory Techniques Video Project


How can we make a difference through art and video? How can we inspire kids to be scientists? How can we encourage teachers to teach science labs? How can we prevent students from feeling like school is a waste of time?

Student filming students doing science labs

Project Description:

Sciencebridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and training the next generation of science leaders, hired the students of HTH to create a video sequence that will be used to train science teachers in San Diego County. Each of these labs are based on current scientific research and teach students important concepts and lab skills needed to be a scientist. Every year over 100 teachers use these labs in their classroom and thousands of San Diego students do these labs. These videos have a wide audience.  The sequences will be used in the classroom to help students learn and make life easier for the teacher..

For this project students in groups of three will choose a lab technique that they would like to create a sequence about such as bacterial transformation, protein purification or site-directed mutagenesis. The sequence covers a three day lab. The videos will show the teacher preparation, laboratory protocol, science behind the lab, analysis of the results and current scientific applications for the lab. The professional videos will be posted on the Sciencebridge web site, so they can be used by the teachers when they do the labs. They will also be used at Sciencebridge training events.

Students looking at petri dishes under a UV light

Project Benchmarks:

Date

Class

Activity

1/19

Biology

Project overview. Choose a laboratory procedure to make videos about.

1/20

Multimedia

Pre-production phase

1/21

Multimedia

Print out all supporting materials. Read the protocol. Review PowerPoint slides and other materials. Review the list of common problems and important science content. Make a list of questions to investigate.

TBD

Biology

Help Jesse prepare the lab and video tape with narration.

1/24

Multimedia

Research the laboratory procedure. Watch online videos that already explain the technique.

TBD

Biology

Video tape the lab and analysis of the results

1/28

Biology

First draft of script due. Critique with peers and teachers.

1/31

Biology

Second draft of script due. Critique with peers and teachers.

2/2

Biology

Final draft of script is due.

2/2

Multimedia

1st draft of story board for each video is due. Every chunk of the script should be matched with visuals and each page should be assigned to a different group member. Critique and revise story board with peers and teachers.

2/7

Multimedia

2nd draft of story board is due

2/8-2/11

Multimedia

Meet with mentor for critique and revision.

2/9-3/15

Multimedia

Production phase. Make changes based on critique.

3/15

Multimedia

Rough Draft of Videos Due

3/15-3/17

Biology & Multimedia

Critique and revise video with peer mentors, mentors, and teachers

3/25

Multimedia

2nd draft of videos is due

4/15

Multimedia

3rd draft of videos due

4/18-4/21

Multimedia

Post-production phase. Polish video with mentor

4/29

Biology & Multimedia

Final draft of videos are due

5/9-5/13

Biology & Multimedia

Present videos to tech sites

5/13

Multimedia

Post Video to DP

 

To see the student work so far, click here

 


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