The MOTER Program

The Mobile Oncology Training, Education, and Recruitment (MOTER) program is an outreach initiative that introduces students to the fundamentals of cancer biology and detection. We collaborate with teachers to provide hands-on activities that reinforce national NGSS and state bioscience standards.

Many of our cancer-related educational activites involve hands-on modeling kits that make learning about genetics colorful, engaging, and fun. Students work in small groups to explore the impact of mutation on DNA, RNA and protein synthesis. 

The goal is to support and empower the communities of southern Arizona to grow their own cancer practitioners and researchers. We are dedicated to helping build a diverse workforce that effectively serves the cancer-related needs of all communities in the region.

Topics include:

  1. The Central Dogma (replication, transcription & translation)
  2. Mutations, gene expression, & tumor suppression
  3. Protein structure and function
  4. Experimental techniques (DNA sequencing, PCR, & enzyme restriction)

To learn more about the MOTER program, contact Clinton Owner at Biology and biotechnology teachers throughout southern Arizona can have kits and color copies delivered to their school by completing this request form. To obtain a copy of a brochure for the MOTER program, click here.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center and generous donations fund the MOTER program. The activities are provided at no cost to schools, teachers, and students.