Scientific outreach is important to promote public awareness of science in general and evolutionary literacy specifically. Our lab participates in several public outreach activities such as ASU’s Ask a Biologist (a biology learning resource tool for students, teachers, and parents) and BioBridge Program (a two-week event aimed to help incoming students with the transition from high school to college), Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School’s DISCOVERoom (a weekly STEM-based learning program which takes place during lunch recess), as well as Wilson Elementary School’s STEAM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Art/ Mathematics) Night.As part of our Phage Hunters class, we have created a variety of outreach materials to teach children and students about the wonderful world of phages:
- Phage Gallery
(credits: Noe Green & Samantha Sabbara)
- Let’s build a phage!
(credits: Jade Porche & Pauline Wilson)
- Phage anatomy and phage-host interaction – Coloring pages
(credits: Joy Abaidoo, Gabriella Beltran, & Lucia Soto Herrera)
- Bacteriophage biology – Word search
(credits: Lauren Reyes & Angelica Urquidez Negrete)
- Bob the Bacteriophage – Crossword puzzle
(credits: Catalina Lopez Jimenez & Linh Luong)
- Phage Hunters – Crossword puzzle
(credits: Ravneet Johal & Aspen Robinson)
In addition, Sydney Fikse (an undergraduate in the lab) has set up a website for K12 students to learn about anthropogenic factors that have impacted animal evolution.