The science of biology is large, complex, and constantly changing. This course provides students with a broad and interactive experience covering the main topics of biological science. Topics range from cell reproduction to the diversity of life. Students also learn about the chemical components of life, the process of energy conversion, and life’s functions. The course explores genetics, incorporating the latest scientific research, including the use of genetics in biotechnology. Next, the course covers ecology to raise students’ awareness of the many challenges and opportunities in the modern world and how they apply to the field of biology. Finally, the course presents the theory of evolution and the evidence that supports the theory. Throughout the course, students complete lab activities that reinforce the material and provide the opportunity to apply their knowledge through interactive experiments and activities.
Scientific Method [Mastery Project]
HOW IS LIFE DEFINED AND STUDIED?
Your local children’s museum is planning a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) exhibit to present citizen science projects. You’ve been invited to contribute.
Plant Mimicry [Mastery Project]
WHAT WOULD A PLANT DO?
You are working for a biomimicry design firm and are in the early stages of research for a new product. You will be presenting your research to your board of directors, and they would like to know about plants and what we can learn from them in terms of breakthroughs for design and engineering. First, identify a plant species that intrigues you or identify a human problem that could be addressed through an inspiring plant species. Then, create a presentation to share with the board that includes the species’ unique adaptations to its environment, and how that information can be applied to human design.