UCSB Materials Research Laboratory’s “Models and Materials” Teacher Institute
teamed secondary art and science teachers to develop interdisciplinary
curriculum projects combining art and science with student-created models. Five
science and four art teachers from Santa Barbara and Ventura County schools
participated in this teacher professional development opportunity and presented
their lesson plans at the MRL Secondary Curriculum Workshop in March 2013.
One of the four teams challenged middle
school students to build models of organelles and use stop motion animation to
demonstrate their function. In this student model molecules pass through a channel in the cell membrane.
Middle school teacher Shannon Carpenter
presents the Cell Model Curriculum to colleagues at the MRL Secondary