Biology Classes Use Internet Research

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Biology students in Sherry Burris Deets' classes at Belleville Township High School West have been collecting data for their research projects from around the country via the Internet.

In one class, for example, one group of students was attempting to determine treatment for a problem pregnancy. Members of another group were tapping out questions on their project - infertility - to be sent via the Internet to a research department at the University of Texas at Houston.

"By tomorrow, we should have some answers back," Deets said as class ended.

Two months ago, Deets obtained a $5,000 grant from Ameritech and the Golden Apple Foundation. It is the largest grant available under what is known as the Teacher's Edge MiniGrant competition.

More than 750 teachers competed for a total of $150,000 in Teacher's Edge grants, funded by Ameritech to implement innovative classroom projects. $

In an unrelated competition, Deets was one of 100 high school biology teachers from throughout the nation selected to attend a "Biology Education Summit" June 25-30 in the San Francisco area. There, she will attend workshops conducted by leading scientists, learn more about accessing information through telecommunications and visit labs at Genentech, the corporate sponsor of the conference. …

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