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STEM Foundations in Biotechnology

Abstract

This STEM-based course explores the world of biotechnology including the basics of microbiology, bio-processing, genetic engineering, and biotechnology careers as well as examining the role of biotechnology in the medical field. Bioengineering and forensics and food biotechnology are also topics students will explore. This course is a hands-on, experiment based experience that will keep students interested with exciting lab based learning.
Curriculum Link: http://www.stem101.org/high-school.asp Author: The STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The characteristics, scope, and core concepts of technology, the relationships among technologies and its connection to other fields of study, as well as technology’s cultural, social, economic, and political effects.
  • The effects of technology on the environment, the role of society in developing and using technology, and the influence of technology on history.
  • The attributes of design, engineering design, and the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply the design process, use and maintain technological products and systems, and assess the impact of products and systems.
  • Select and use medical technologies, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power technologies, information and communication technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

  • Students will be introduced to biotechnology definitions, basics, and careers.
  • Students will develop a basic understanding of chemistry, and will be introduced to bioprocessing and biochemistry.
  • Students will investigate genetic engineering and forensics.
  • Students will examine the role of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine and its impact on the environment.
  • Students will study bioengineering, nanotechnology, bioethics and all aspects of industry related to biotechnology.

Instructional Materials Needed

Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.

Instructional Materials Provided

Objectives, teacher preparation, content outlines, learning activities, select equipment, recommended local consumables, case studies, resources, PowerPoints, and online assessments

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Additional criteria

Cost: Curriculum access unlimited per site. Project resources are provided to support the qualified number of students per class size. Contact The Stem Academy for cost estimates.

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Laboratory Science; Career-Technical Education

States' Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Health Science; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

California Industry sector(s): Health Science and Medical Technology; Engineering and Design; Agriculture and Natural Resources

Duration: 180 clock hours

Grade Target: 12

Level of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must contract with STEM Academy in order to use curriculum.

Curriculum Link: http://www.stem101.org/high-school.asp

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