Science day for secondary school teachers
8 November 2012
Auckland secondary school teachers yesterday received an intensive update on the latest in biomedical science at an event sponsored by the Maurice Wilkins Centre.
The NCEA Level 3 Content Day, held for the first time this year, was organised by Head of Biology at Epsom Girls Grammar School Rachel Heeney and Maurice Wilkins Centre principal investigator Professor Peter Shepherd. It was held at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
Top researchers presented the latest research on topics ranging from how the body regulates blood pressure and glucose levels to the future of stem cell biology, and issues raised by advances in assisted reproductive technology and genomic sequencing. The talks offered teachers material, ideas and discussion points for the classroom aligned with the Level 3 curriculum.
The day proved extremely popular with 130 registrations, more than three times the number originally anticipated. The organisers hope to build on its success with similar events in the future.