Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

Advancing the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing,
communications and data analytics.

CMIST -

Computational Modules in Science Teaching (CMIST) 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 two-hour workshops throughout the school year.  
 
CMIST is a program of the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
 

BEST -

Better Educators of Science for Tomorrow (BEST) exposes teachers to modern molecular 
biology concepts by incorporating computational biology and bioinformatics into their high 
school curriculum.  BEST also prepares teachers to introduce their students to emerging and 
exciting biomedical careers.  
 
An annual professional development summer workshop trains high school teachers using the 
“teach-back” technique. This training equips single-subject teachers with the tools to address and 
teach multidisciplinary concepts in bioinformatics. This technique fortifies the teacher with all 
the necessary multidisciplinary content knowledge and also develops feedback and evaluation 
strategies as the lessons progress. 
 
We invite secondary science, math and technology teachers to attend this workshop.