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The goal of this National Science Foundation-funded research project, shared between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama, is to develop teachers' capacity to teach challenging biology concepts using models and modeling.

Project activities are centered on a model-based approach to teaching cellular respiration. The instructional approach used in the project is inquiry-based and exemplifies three-dimensional science teaching described in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

We are looking for teachers in Alabama and Georgia who would like to participate in AiMS, to gain ideas and resources for teaching about cellular respiration and to learn about how modeling can be used to teach challenging biology concepts.

The AiMS project is for teachers who would like to:

  • Be in community with other biology teachers
  • Learn a new way to teach that works for difficult biology concepts like cellular respiration
  • Develop proficiency in Next Generation-style teaching

Teachers who join this project will take part in a two-day professional development institute June 15-16 at the University of Georgia. Teachers will then have the opportunity to use the project materials in the 2018-2019 school year with the option to participate in a research study of the effectiveness of the modeling approach.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this project, feel free to contact our directors:

105K Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602

Meet our Team

Portrait of Dan Capps

Dan Capps

Assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Education (Science Education), University of Georgia

Portrait of Jonathan Shemwell

Jonathan Shemwell

Assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Science Education), University of Alabama

Portrait of Ayça Karaşahinoğlu

Ayça Karaşahinoğlu

M.A., science education, University of Georgia

Portrait of Eric Andrew Kirk

Eric Andrew Kirk

M.A.T., science education, University of Georgia

Portrait of William Boden Robertson

William Boden Robertson

M.A., second language acquisition and teaching, University of Alabama

Portrait of Matt Dahlke

Matt Dahlke

Biology teacher, Jackson High School

Portrait of Robbie Bryan

Robbie Bryan

Chemistry teacher, Jackson High School

Publications and Research