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Iowa Educators Prepare to Teach High School Students How Medicines Are Made
Date:6/24/2008

Groundbreaking Partnership to Enhance Science Education, Introduce Students

to Possible Career Paths

FORT DODGE, Iowa, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Weather-related challenges didn't prevent biology and chemistry teachers from more than 20 school districts throughout the state of Iowa from attending a three-day summer institute in Fort Dodge focusing on the pharmaceutical research and development process. They are participating in the first-ever "Summer Science Teachers Institute - RxeSEARCH, an Educational Journey," hosted by Iowa Central Community College.

Thirty teachers are working with local, state and national educators and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, studying an 11-lesson R&D curriculum at the professional development program which runs from June 24 to 26. Des Moines University, the Iowa Department of Economic Development and Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, are also sponsoring the program.

Educators are preparing to teach the R&D process that starts with the spark of an idea for a new medicine, moves through research and development, clinical trials and regulatory hurdles and ultimately delivers a new medicine to patients in need. Following the Summer Institute, which is a train-the-trainer session, teachers in participating school districts will roll out the curriculum to their students in the upcoming school year.

"When teachers take this program to the classroom, it will allow students to explore and solve realistic problems in science, using an inquiry-based educational approach," said Jim Kersten, Associate Vice President of Development and Government Relations at Iowa Central Community College. "It will give students an understanding of how science learned in school is applied in a science-based industry. It will also help them get ready for the world of work."

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