In a creative partnership spanning western Montana and multiple levels of our education system, Ms. Megan Lane, a 7th grade science teacher at CR Anderson Middle School, and Dr. Marisa Pedulla, a biological science professor at Montana Tech have been creating incredible Phage Hunting experiences for middle school students for 14 years.
According to Lane, “Phage Hunting means finding phages – or viruses that infect bacteria. Phages could someday be used to treat bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics, so it’s an exciting and important field of study.”
The success of this program has attracted national attention. The National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) recently chose Helena students and educators to be showcased in a promotional YouTube video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0XwzWcWyERY&feature=youtu.be
Additionally, the Phage Hunting program was chosen as one of only three programs to be featured in this year’s NSTA conference. Lane is justifiably “excited for everyone there to see our awesome schools.”
Our most sincere thanks and appreciation goes to this team of educators, our higher education partners, and our community friends for this representation of Helena Public Schools.