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Genes and Disease
with Shaun Moshasha
"It's the 21st century, where's the cure for cancer already?!"
"I have a cold, give me antibiotics!"
"I use homeopathic medicine!"
Statements like these show the frustration and disconnection between the health care system and it's patients. This disconnect is caused by the lack of understanding of diseases and health. Unfortunately, the result of this disconnect can be more than mere frustration- note the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases due to our misuse of antibiotics.
In this course, we will discuss various types of diseases, their origins, transmissions and manifestations within the body, and what can be done about them. We will also explore the latest state of the art technology in combating diseases. You will leave this course with both a realistic understanding of diseases a renewed sense of hope that we can and will persevere!
The Case of the Missing Mascot!
with Dani Dulli
Your students must find out who took the school mascot before the big game! In this cross-curricular investigation, they examine a note, some strange-looking leaves, a mouth guard, and some white fibers that were left at the scene. After fingerprinting the culprit, students stage a trial. Activities include analyzing DNA results; using dichotomous keys to identify selected plants; and analyzing various pieces of evidence using scientific experiments.
The Case of the Murdered Mayor
with Dani Dulli
Needed! Crime Scene Investigators to use their observational skills and deductive reasoning to solve the crime! Students will attempt to determine the prime suspect from a pool of six alleged perpetrators using forensic techniques. CSI agents will analyze evidence such as fingerprints, hairs, tire tracks, blood types (using synthetic blood), and forensic entomology.
VSOL alignment: 5.1, 6.1, LS.1, LS.12, PS.1, BIO.1, CH.1, PH.1