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BioPoint

What's the "BioPoint?" The answer depends on whom you ask. A biology teacher may have one perspective, while a sophomore high school student may have a totally different point of view. THAT's the "BioPoint."

During the 1997-1998 school year, "BioPoint" will follow the action in one high school biology lab at Cheltenham High School, located in suburban Philadelphia. Mrs. Becky Mazen will share her engaging ideas for teaching biology. One of her students, Amy Baumann, will offer the student perspective on those same ideas.

Ah-ah-choo

Any Brain Waves in there?

Suck it up!

To introduce "BioPoint," Amy and Mrs. Mazen took a tour of the biology lab. They examined bacteria through the microscope, practiced using the pipette, and measured Amy's end-of-summer brain activity with an EEG.

Mrs. Mazen also showed Amy some of the specimens that they will investigate later in the year. Amy got her hands-on a grasshopper, a crayfish, and, best of all, a fetal pig.

The fetal pig close-up

Yep. It looks like a pig.

Looks like a crayfish.

Mrs. Mazen shared some of the concepts that her class will investigate this year. If you can, watch the QuickTime movie to hear her perspective. Throughout the course of the school year, she takes a biochemical approach. They begin with the origin of life, then move on to the cell. They investigate genetics, and biotechnology. They study life systems, and do dissections. By the end of the school year, they will have advanced all the way to studying complex organisms, like human beings.

MOVIE
Welcome to The Biology Lab

QuickTime Movie (3600k)


BioPoint Scrapbook

Amy and other students in the class will be keeping an online scrapbook of pictures, ideas, and opinions throughout the year. Follow along each week as they offer the student "BioPoint" of view.


Plan Ahead...

"BioPoint" will be evolving weekly. For the first investigation, "BioPoint" will focus on the origin of life. Compare theories and offer your own opinions. All high school biology students will be invited to submit their own opinions on some of the latest scientific theories.

Following that, "BioPoint" will begin to study the cell. Students will be making online presentations about the parts of the cell.


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