CT New Generation Science Standards:
HS-PS4-2. Engineers continuously modify the technological systems by applying scientific knowledge and engineering design practices to increase benefits while decreasing costs and risks. This standard is addressed in the lesson #1.
HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. Students will learn about the DNA structure and function in the “Nucleic Acids” paragraph.
HS-LS1-6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules. (See lesson plans #2 and #3)
HS-LS1-7. As matter and energy flow through different organizational levels of living systems, chemical elements are recombined in different ways to form different products. (See lesson plans # 4 - 7)
D.32 Describe how bacterial and viral infectious diseases are transmitted, and explain the roles of sanitation, vaccination and antibiotic medications in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
D.34 Describe, in general terms, how the genetic information of organisms can be altered to make them produce new materials.
D.35 Explain the risks and benefits of altering the genetic composition and cell products of existing organisms.These standards are addressed in the introductory paragraph that explains the contribution of Biotechnology in improving public health in both industrialized and developing countries.
D.45 Explain how technological advances have affected the size and growth rate of human population throughout history. (See lesson plan #7)