CMIST - Computational Modules in Science Teaching brings innovative science tutorials into secondary school classrooms, focusing on integrative computational biology, physiology, and biophysics. CMIST modules include high quality, realistic 3-D animations produced with cutting-edge simulation and visualization software. CMIST subject material is chosen to highlight critical concepts that are difficult to convey with static textbook images and words; for example, cellular transport of molecules by diffusion and osmosis, or the structure and function of enzymes in cells. Specific modules are introduced in 2-hour workshops throughout the school year. CMIST materials and movies are available on the CMIST website. CMIST is a program of the Biomedical Applications group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
BEST - Better Educators of Science for Tomorrow exposes teachers to modern molecular biology concepts, by incorporating computational biology and bioinformatics into high school curriculum. BEST also prepares teachers to introduce their students to emerging and exciting biomedical careers. Beginning as a pilot program in May 2007, BEST worked with local high school teachers to create a curriculum incorporating inquiry based bioinformatics and inquiry based teaching in southwestern Pennsylvania. This curriculum is currently being piloted in 5 area schools.
For more information about these programs, visit the NRBSC website.