What I Did for My Summer Vacation!

a group of teachers standing in front of the CEMB sign

Jim Ciccarelli, Grace Romanelli, Janet Magaragal, Beth Hale, Amanda Cottone, Mansavita Vashisth, Sreeja Kutti Kandy, and LiKang Chin.

by Amanda Cottone and Jim McGonigle.  

Our 2019 Summer Research Experience for Teachers program supported its 3rd cohort consisting of four high school STEM teachers from the Philadelphia area. Over the seven-week program, teachers immersed themselves in mechanobiology research at the University of Pennsylvania to engage in a real-world inquiry that marries science and engineering. Research topics ranged from studying the forces on heart and liver cells that contribute to disease to developing biomaterials that would serve as vehicles for targeted drug therapy through exosomes. In addition to conducting interdisciplinary cutting-edge research, the teachers also collaboratively worked with one another, their lab groups, and the education specialists at CEMB to develop innovative high school curricula based on their research experiences to bring back into their schools. This summer, CEMB also welcomed post-doctoral associate in education, Amanda Cottone, to the team to help facilitate our educational initiatives. The 2019 cohort included Jim Ciccarelli (Penncrest High School), Beth Hale and Janet Magaragal (Upper Darby High School) and Grace Romanelli (Simon Gratz Mastery Charter High School). Dr. Cottone will be making classroom visits beginning in the fall semester to observe and assist teachers in implementing their classroom projects.

The summer program culminated in a research symposium where each teacher presented their research findings and curriculum plans to the CEMB community. More information regarding teacher lesson plans and other educational resources in mechanobiology can be found on our RESOURCES PAGE.