AG/ENVIRONMENTAL COURSE UNIT 8

Community Science

How can we use DNA identification to solve problems in our lives, in our community, and on our planet?

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AG/ENVIRONMENTAL | UNIT 8
Overview

At a Glance

STORYLINE

  • Learn about three DNA identification techniques—Sanger sequencing, digital PCR, and NextGen sequencing—and how they could be used to address local community issues.

PACING

  • 9 week unit
  • 45-minute classes
  • Built in flex days

FRAMING

  • Standards Aligned
  • Driving Question
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Project Based

LESSON PLANS AND LABS

  • 4 Core Lessons
  • 3 Proposal Development Lessons
  • 4 DNA Technology Lessons
  • 1 Final Project Artifact

Lesson Plans, Labs and Student Capture Sheets

This unit includes lesson plans, labs, and student capture sheets that empower educators to engage all students. These lesson bundles can be downloaded, for use in the classroom. Lesson 1 should be taught first. The proposal development (PD) lessons and DNA technology (Tech) lessons can be interspersed with each other, but should still be taught in order. Lessons 9, 10, and 11 require knowledge of all previous lessons. See Pacing Guide for an example outline.

Introduction
Ag/Environmental

Community Science

Students will identify important community issues and investigate DNA identification techniques that could be used to address those issues. They will consider how these technologies can be used to empower communities to make positive change.
Lesson 1
Ag/Environmental

Community Application Of DNA Identification

5 classes
How can individuals and communities use the power of DNA identification tools to solve local problems? Use evolutionary analysis to hypothesize relationships and medicinal properties of botanical specimens.
LESSON PLANPDF8.6MB
Proposal Development Lesson 1
Ag/Environmental

Analyzing Community Needs and Proposal Identification

8 classes
What issues, problems, or challenges in our community could be addressed with DNA identification technology? Ask questions about how DNA identification techniques can be used to address local community issues.
LESSON PLANPDF1.6MB
Proposal Development Lesson 2
Ag/Environmental

Competitive Landscape Analysis

3 classes
What characteristics of a new product or service make it unique from existing ones? Collect and analyze data about existing DNA identification services on the market.
LESSON PLANPDF1.4MB
Proposal Development Lesson 3
Ag/Environmental

Stakeholders and Inclusion

3 classes
How should the needs and concerns of stakeholders be taken into consideration during product development? Identify stakeholders that might be interested in a product, and analyze their needs and concerns.
LESSON PLANPDF1.5MB
DNA Technology Lesson 1
Ag/Environmental

DNA Recap

2 classes
How does the structure of DNA allow for DNA identification? Review the structure of DNA and its function.
LESSON PLANPDF2.9MB
DNA Technology Lesson 2
Ag/Environmental

Sanger Sequencing

2 classes
How does Sanger sequencing work as a DNA identification technique? Model how Sanger sequencing is used to analyze DNA samples.
LESSON PLANPDF2.9MB
DNA Technology Lesson 3
Ag/Environmental

Digital PCR

1 classes
How does Digital PCR work as a DNA identification technique? Use diagrams and simulations to determine how digital PCR is used to analyze DNA samples.
LESSON PLANPDF7.1MB
DNA Technology Lesson 4
Ag/Environmental

NextGen Sequencing

4 classes
How does NextGen Sequencing work as a DNA identification technique? Solve a food poisoning outbreak by modeling NextGen sequencing, BLAST analysis and the NCBI genome database.
LESSON PLANPDF1.5MB
Lesson 9
Ag/Environmental

Decision Tree Creation

3 classes
Which DNA identification technique should be used to answer a given question? Create a decision tree to guide the selection of an appropriate DNA identification technique.
LESSON PLANPDF379KB
Lesson 10
Ag/Environmental

DNA Collection Kit Design

3 classes
How can a user’s perspective inform communication techniques? Use a visual model to effectively communicate information about DNA collection toolkits to a target audience.
LESSON PLANPDF4.1MB
Lesson 11
Ag/Environmental

Final Artifact

7-8 classes
How are crowdfunding campaigns used to build support for a new service or product? Create an evidence-based funding proposal, including a slide deck and elevator speech, to pitch proposed DNA kits.
LESSON PLANPDF6.5MB
Unit 7
Overview