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  • Illinois Survey of Critical Technologies
    and solar power hydrogenated biofuels and fuel cell among others BIOREMEDIATION The processes by which naturally occurring or modified organisms act to degrade or transform hazardous organic contaminants FUEL CELL Devices for generating electrical energy directly from chemical energy It differs from a battery in that the chemicals are not stored in the cell Rather they are fed into it as power is needed GREEN TECHNOLOGY Industrial technologies and applications modified to reduce prevent or eliminate environmental damage Human Health and Development BIODEFENSE Use of various biotechnologies to respond to the intentional use of pathogens bioterrorism by detecting identifying assessing and neutralizing pathogens BIOINFORMATICS Use of computers in biology related sciences to organize interpret and predict biological structure and function Bioinformatics is usually applied in the context of analyzing DNA sequence data GENE THERAPY Introducing a normal functional copy of a gene into a cell for the purpose of correcting defective disease causing genes GENOMICS The study of an organism s full complement of genes to enable understanding of their expression and sequencing PROTEOMICS The study of the totality of proteins in an organism Studying the form and functions of proteins with the aid of supercomputers complements the scientific advances being made by the mapping of the genomes STEM CELLS The study and application of undifferentiated stem cells that can be grown and maintained to differentiate into a variety of different cell types with select biological functions Information Technology and Communications ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computers and hardware that can make intelligent decisions based on sensory feedback ALGORITHMS A finite set of step by step instructions for problem solving or computational procedures especially ones that can be implemented by a computer DATA WAREHOUSING AND MINING The process of collecting processing filtering extracting and refining useful knowledge from large databases GRAPH THEORY The

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  • Illinois Survey of Critical Technologies
    processes by which naturally occurring or modified organisms act to degrade or transform hazardous organic contaminants Overview of bioremediation and clear examples Earth 911 Kids activities FUEL CELL Devices for generating electrical energy directly from chemical energy It differs from a battery in that the chemicals are not stored in the cell Rather they are fed into it as power is needed This animation explains how one type of fuel cell works General information about fuel cells How fuel cells work designed for kids GREEN TECHNOLOGY Industrial technologies and applications modified to reduce prevent or eliminate environmental damage Chicago Center for Green Technology Overview article on green technology Environmental Protection Agency KIDS site Human Health and Development BIODEFENSE Use of various biotechnologies to respond to the intentional use of pathogens bioterrorism by detecting identifying assessing and neutralizing pathogens Fact sheet from the White House Lesson plan s for high school Bioterrorism and the role of public school teachers curricular materials Biodefense Education org provides learning opportunities for teachers BIOINFORMATICS Use of computers in biology related sciences to organize interpret and predict biological structure and function Bioinformatics is usually applied in the context of analyzing DNA sequence data General overview of bioinformatics Bioinformatics and Genomics Center at NIU GENE THERAPY Introducing a normal functional copy of a gene into a cell for the purpose of correcting defective disease causing genes FAQs on Gene Therapy Lesson plan in genetic engineering Lesson plans for grades K 12 from DiscoveryKids com GENOMICS The study of an organism s full complement of genes to enable understanding of their expression and sequencing Education page from the National Human Genome Research Institute Educational materials and teaching tools from the U S Department of Energy Glossary of genetic terms Dolan DNA Learning Center with info on DNA and engaging interactive features Genetic Science Learning Center from the University of Utah PROTEOMICS The study of the totality of proteins in an organism Studying the form and functions of proteins with the aid of supercomputers complements the scientific advances being made by the mapping of the genomes American Medical Association general overview Animation for identifying proteins STEM CELLS The study and application of undifferentiated stem cells that can be grown and maintained to differentiate into a variety of different cell types with select biological functions National Institute of Health s basic information on stem cells Animation with interesting explanation for kids Guide to teaching stem cells sample lesson plans for middle and high school students Introduction to the 5 types of stem cells learning activities Information Technology and Communications ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computers and hardware that can make intelligent decisions based on sensory feedback Brief history of artificial intelligence Educators links from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Q A about artificial intelligence ALGORITHMS A finite set of step by step instructions for problem solving or computational procedures especially ones that can be implemented by a computer Dictionary of terms Basics of algorithms DATA WAREHOUSING AND MINING The process of collecting

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  • Illinois Survey of Critical Technologies
    Profile of Respondents Snapshot of Teachers Responding Levels 54 high school 41 middle school and 5 teaching at both levels Gender 65 female and 35 male Assignment 41 teach science 37 teach mathematics and 22 teach both subjects Experience 75

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  • Illinois Survey of Critical Technologies
    Northwest 15 Area III West Central 15 Area IV East Central 12 Area V Southwest 12 Area VI Southeast 7 Area VII Cook County 13 Area VIII Chicago 8 The total of 1241 science and mathematics teachers represented all eight areas of the state Chicago schools are under represented especially in high schools Through random selection in the first sampling method and the distribution by areas representing the state we

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