The award helped Schwobe take the Modeling the Molecular World course, which focuses on connecting the macroscopic world with the invisible world of molecules. Offered by the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the experiential learning event promoted the idea that – as noted in the Next Generation Science Standards – modeling is an authentic practice of science and an essential tool in the classroom.
The course’s approach to teaching the molecular biosciences is based on the use of physical models of proteins and other molecular structures to engage students in an active exploration of the topic.
“Not only was I able to learn a lot about how to use the models in my classroom, but I also made connections with professionals in the U.S., as well as internationally,” said Schwobe. “The teachers I met gave me support and advice that I will use as I begin my teaching career, and I am beyond grateful for all of it.”
Pictured: Marian University’s Meghan Schwobe, middle, has been awarded an Experiential Learning Grant through the Office of Academic Affairs.