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Glomerular damage can be PhUn!: bringing renal physiology to inner city elementary schools - PhUn Week Poster Session EB2015

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Description We partnered with Teach for America to coordinate visits to 2 inner city Elementary Schools in the Birmingham area. 3 classes of 3rd and 4th grade were visited, with a total of 13 volunteer scientists at different training levels (4 postdoctoral scholars, 3 graduate students, 4 research assistants and 2 research associate) guiding the 2 hands-on activities. Students in each classroom were divided in groups of 6 and given a set of supplies/group: 3 meshes of different pore size representing normal and damaged glomeruli, and a mixture of beads depicting glucose (big) and protein (small). Students had to determine the level of renal damage based on the size of the beads being filtered. In the second activity, 3 artificial urine samples were given to each group. Using urine test strips, students had to determine which sample came from normal, acute kidney injury (positive for protein) or diabetic (positive for protein and glucose) patients. At the end of the activity, the class analyzed the collected data and concluded that the medium pore glomerulus and protein positive urine belonged to an acute kidney injury patient, and that the big pore glomerulus and protein and glucose positive urine came from a diabetic patient. This activity brought basic concepts of renal physiology to Elementary School and gave students the opportunity to interact with scientists from diverse backgrounds for the first time.
Type of Resource Meeting Presentation
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Carmen De Miguel, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Development Date March 29, 2015
Grade/Age Level Intermediate elementary (Grades 3-5)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Staff
Review Date August 6, 2015
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