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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

07-28-05

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Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778

MEDIA ADVISORY: Local science teachers show and tell what they learned this summer at ISU

Nine middle and high school science teachers from Central Iowa will give presentations Friday morning about their seven-week paid internships conducting experiments in molecular biology, biotech and genomics laboratories at Iowa State University.

A highlight will be a demonstration of a Web-based learning module developed by Ames High teacher Craig Walter. The Web site will be made available to high schools nationwide so students can learn bioinformatics, which gives scientists the tools to sift and mine massive amounts of data about plant and animal genetics.

The program for teachers is funded by the National Science Foundation. It is intended to introduce teachers to scientific research so they can inspire their students to consider careers in science.

Other teachers are from Southeast Polk High, Gilbert Junior-Senior High, Johnston High, Boone High, Carlisle High, Indianola High, Baxter Community and West Central Valley High.

Media are invited to attend. Formal 10-minute presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m. Walter's demonstration will be from 11-11:30 a.m. Reporters can talk to the teachers beginning at 11:45 a.m.

The presentations will be in room 1020 Extension 4-H Building at the corner of Stange Road and 13th Street. Parking is available by taking Daley Road west off of Stange, then turning north. A map is online at http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/maps/closeup.asp?left=697&top=925&xshow=937&yshow=1115 .