Designing Science Lab Kits With Digital Solutions

Concurrent Session 4
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Brief Abstract

Students favorably describe their experiences with hands-on labs providing them with opportunities to observe and apply concepts and extend their overall understanding. There are some labs that aren’t safely or practically done outside of the traditional lab environment. These concepts are better delivered in a digital format or simulation.

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Sujatha Kadaba holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology and Genetics and is a recipient of postdoctoral fellowships in Microbiology. She is an experienced instructor of Biology courses. She started her teaching career at Dutchess Community College, NY where she taught Biology courses to science and non-science majors. The diverse educational background of students at this college enabled her to use her innovative teaching techniques to motivate students. She was awarded the Educational Opportunity Excellence Award for exceptional support to students. Sujatha is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Empire State College where she is involved in developing and teaching higher level Biology courses with labs for distance learning. She was on the advisory board for Pearson Learning-Teaching science to non-science majors and at Carolina Biological Company-Distance Learning. Apart from teaching, Sujatha is an avid promoter of STEM education in elementary schools. She is a Mentor and Educator for LEGO robotics and Future City programs in her local school. She is also an active volunteer for the AIM for SEVA foundation which promotes education in rural areas of India. Through this foundation, residential schools have been built in 13 rural towns of India where children who do not have access to education study here.

Extended Abstract

Students favorably describe their experiences with hands-on labs providing them with opportunities to observe and apply concepts and extend their overall understanding. There are some labs that aren’t safely or practically done outside of the traditional lab environment. These concepts are better delivered in a digital format or simulation. This session will look at some of the ways these labs are being covered with students. The audience will hear about the development of several digital labs that could not be done by hands-on experiments in students’ homes. Learn how Carolina Distance Learning and Dr. Sujatha Kadaba worked together to create virtual labs needed to complete lab kits that were necessary to move the science courses online for SUNY Empire State College.