Frontiers in Cancer Research ("Frontiers") is an NIH SEPA funded program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Frontiers provides curriculum, hands-on scientific resources and research experiences to help secondary school teachers and their students understand what cancer is, how it can be treated, and what kind of careers are possible in biomedical research. This program builds on our long-standing efforts and institutional commitment to support the development of a more diverse next generation of biomedical scientists.
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The Science Education Partnership (SEP) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is at the forefront of several dimensions of the effort to address the ongoing challenges of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We received a supplement to our Frontiers in Cancer Research grant, to develop Educational Resources to Promote SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Confidence. SEP partnered with the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) headquartered at Fred Hutch as well as the Fred Hutch / UW Cancer Consortium’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (OCOE). For this project, teachers, scientists, and health educators worked to create lessons and social media content to increase vaccine confidence within our students’ communities, the catchment area of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and nationally via our social media posts.
There are two aims of this project: (1) Inspire vaccine confidence in students and community members through high quality scientific animations, informational videos targeted to youth, and recorded scientific talks and tours. (2) Create lessons and educational materials that can be used with the resources developed.
For this project, SEP partnered with Arkitek Scientific to create a high-quality scientific animation of how the mRNA vaccine works. This short (4:10) animation narrated by student intern Yusuf H. is an informative video targeted to youth. It can be used to introduce or reinforce the concepts of the relationship between DNA, RNA and protein (the "central dogma") within biology classrooms. It can also be used by health educators to descibe mRNA and the creation of this new type of vaccine.
This project was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Grant Number R25 GM129842, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIGMS or NIH.
NIGMS, part of the National Institutes of Health, supports basic research that increases the understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Its Science Education Partnership Award program funds innovative pre-kindergarten to grade 12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and informal science education projects.