Partnerships & Research Collaborations

  • PICK Education® is a model of collaborative research projects and professional development. Below is a sampling of some of these collaborations with universities, businesses, institutes and school districts.


    SharkFinder® Citizen Science (PK-6th grade)

    Become a paleontologist citizen scientist as you search through ancient marine sediment that date back millions of years. The marine sediment contains fossilized shark, ray and skate teeth. And, if you make a scientifically significant discovery, you get the credit! (Partners: University of Maryland, Southern Methodist University, UT Permian Basin and Calvert Marine Museum)

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    Backyard Brains (5th-12th grade)

    The brain is complex, but extremely fascinating. Backyard Brains needs more people interested in studying the brain because 1 in 5 people are likely to develop a neurological disorder... and there are no cures! Work with Do-It-Yourself neuroscience kits and experiment with electrophysiology. (Partner: Backyard Brains, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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    Project Brain STEM (9th-12th grade)

    Join the Bock Lab at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in creating images of a small fruit fly brain through electron microscopy to further studies in drosophila neuroscience. (Partners: The Bock Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Vermont and West Virginia University)

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    Project STEM Cell™ (9th-12th grade)

    Contribute to ongoing research at Tulane University in Project STEM Cell™. Investigate stem cell biology for developing therapy applications to treat injuries or wounds. You will also be working to analyze tissue engineering used to regenerate organs or that uses pieces of tissues to transplant that may help treat injuries or diseases. (Partner: Tulane University Medical Campus)

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    Foldit (9th-12th grade)

    Proteins have various structures and are part of so many diseases, but can also be part of the cure. In this research project, students can design new proteins that could help prevent or treat important diseases. (Partners: University of Massachusetts and University of Washington)

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    Foldscope (PK-12th grade)

    Foldscope gives students the opportunity to magnify curiosity. Students may use the kits to collect samples, prepare slides, explore advanced microscopy techniques and more! (Partner: Stanford University)

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    syGlass and zSpace AR/VR for students with Autism (PK-12th grade)

    syGlass provides the ability to experience data through virtual reality with the abilities of data visualization, object counting, tracing and tracking. zSpace combines elements of augmented reality and virtual reality to create life-like experiences that are immersive and interactive. Students with autism will be able to participate in this AR/VR setting to learn life skills and participate in research projects. (Partners: UT Permian Basin, Texas Tech University and syGlass)

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    Human Placenta Project (9th-12th grade)

    Join the research team from Texas Tech Health Sciences as a student researcher contributing to placenta data collection. Assist research scientists to fully characterize the placenta organ and its function. (Partner: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)

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    ZomBee Watch Citizen Science (6th-12th grade)

    ZomBee Watch is a citizen science project tracking the honey bee parasite, Apocephalus borealis. Assist researchers from San Francisco State University to determine where in North America the Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis is parasitizing honey bees. (Partner: San Francisco State University)

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    Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (6th-12th grade)

    As a student researcher you are able to design and propose real microgravity experiments to be conducted by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. You will also have the opportunity to present your experiment proposal at the national SSEP conference among peers, astronauts, engineers, researchers and other scientists. (Partners: National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, UC Davis, Texas Tech HSC, and UT Permian Basin)

    National Center for Earth and Space Science Education logo  UC Davis logo  TTUHSC logo  UTPB logo


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