Maps in Medicine is a program of innovative life science curriculum and teacher professional development for middle and high school students and teachers. A Summer Institute engages teachers in curriculum development and enhances their professional skills. A Summer Academy brings students to the University of Missouri to experience the Maps in Medicine curriculum and introduces them to college life.
The importance of place, direction and movement acquired during early human development provides the foundation for Maps in Medicine, and these essential living skills help link seemingly abstract concepts of modern biology to human events and needs. Special attention is paid to fulfilling state and national educational standards and to help teachers engage students who do not appreciate the relevance of science.
Through Mapping Health curriculum elements, students are introduced to influenza viruses and their hosts; to past influenza epidemics and the current threats posed by avian and novel influenza viruses of swine origin; to modeling and mapping the incidence and spread of influenza viruses using digital technologies; and to scientific tools for detecting, identifying and monitoring influenza viruses. These are linked to how individual school and community actions can reduce risk of infection and transmission.
Through Mapping Cell Fate curriculum elements, students are introduced to basic concepts of embryonic development; and to the changes in cellular properties that occur during differentiation; to concepts of cell movement and cell fate and how they are studied using modern tools of science; to stem cells and their potential in medicine; and to accompanying societal and ethical issues.
Maps in Medicine is intended to enrich high school education and to strengthen interest in science mathematics and technology of students and teachers, family and community members. Outcomes and practices defined by a logic model are professionally assessed. We are supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Program Grant to the University of Missouri that also contributes support for faculty/staff time and infrastructure. Talented and committed teachers from partner schools and their students contribute valuable advice and effort.