SEED Grant Enhances Dover High School Biology Classes With The Purchase of Specialized Models

SEED Grant Enhances Dover High School Biology Classes With The Purchase of Specialized Models

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The Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (SEED), a non-profit organization founded to foster teacher creativity and fund new learning initiatives within Dover district schools, recently funded the purchase of new DNA K’NEX models to enhance hands-on learning in Dover High School (DHS) biology classes.

The twelve kits allow biology students to create and break apart 3-D models of a DNA structure. DHS Biology Teacher and author of the grant request, Caitlin Tenney began using the models in her class this week. “I was so excited to share this experiential learning opportunity with my Introduction to Biology students,” said Tenney. “Experiential learning practices are so important for students’ understanding and collaboration skills.”

Research from the University of California, Davis has shown that the basis for learning is built on three discrete concepts: experience, reflection, and application. When conducting experiential learning in the classroom, these three concepts are intertwined throughout the lesson plan. These models will allow biology students learn about DNA and transcription through trial and error. The overall experience of DHS biology students is critical to providing a foundation for future application of knowledge and instilling a sense of curiosity for understanding fundamentals of biology.

SEED raises private philanthropic dollars and provides grant funds, on a competitive basis, to educators who submit formal applications. SEED awards are announced twice annually and Dover district schools will continue to benefit from the six SEED grants announced in January 2015, in the coming months. They will support the Student Ambassadors’ Summer Leadership Camp and Physical Education classes at DHS, virtual learning and earth science at DMS, and sound-technology at Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy.

In the midst of its public campaign, SEED is seeking 100 donors at the $100 level to support its next funding period that will occur in the spring. To learn more about SEED’s 100 for $100, please visit www.DoverSeed.org