Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Chemistry
HS-PE-ETS1-1: Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Healthcare costs are a major global issue and in their research papers students will analyze the issue before offering their own solution.
HS-PE-ETS1-2: Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Students will focus on one method of addressing high prescription drug costs and will design a novel solution, describing its potential application in great detail.
HS-PE-ETS1-3: Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Students will assess the viability of their proposed new technology or strategy to reduce prescription drug costs considering all of the concerns listed above. They will provide mathematical analysis to estimate costs savings to consumers.