Curriculum

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Soybeans: from ballast to biotech

5 lessons, 5 files
What is the future of biotechnology? Create models to understand DNA and the gene transfer process used in biotechnology. Explore questions: Are there harmful side effects of biotechnology? Can biotech solve world hunger? Should GMO …
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Meet the bean: soybeans are everywhere!

4 lessons, 6 files
What is a soybean? Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy lip balm …
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Growing more food: biotechnology

3 lessons, 9 files
How will we feed 9 billion people? Grow soybeans using Round-Up Ready seeds to illustrate how biotechnology can be used as a tool to increase production. Introduce students to different options for growing soybeans, investigate …
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World hunger and soy

3 lessons, 6 files
How is international agriculture addressing world hunger issues? Students explore international organizations working to address hunger challenges and the growing demand for protein in these three lessons.
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What is Bioinformatics? It’s a BLAST

2 lessons, 3 files
How can we identify individual organisms in a complex mixture of DNA? What computer tools are needed to decode the source of a DNA sequence? Have you ever done a DNA extraction? Most DNA extractions are done with a known source and students can visualize DNA. The favorite items are strawberries or students’ own cheek cells. This unit s …
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Watersheds, wetlands and water quality data analysis

4 lessons, 7 files
Why is water quality important? What factors impact water quality? This unit will discuss the importance of water quality, describe several impacts to water quality, and include a data analysis activity that students complete to determine how wetlands play a role in …
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Water quality

3 lessons, 6 files
What affects water quality in your area? Access to clean water is a critical issue in many countries. In the United States there are few places where we cannot find clean water to drink or swim in. This unit explores some of the potential …
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Using ozobots to simulate agriculture technology

4 lessons, 7 files
How might we use robots to simulate agricultural technology? What role does computer science play in agriculture? The technology innovations in use in the agriculture industry have been touted as second only to those of the US military. What are these innovations? GPS guided tractors, follow-along equipment, …
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Soy-stainable: sustainable products

2 lessons, 3 files
Are you an informed consumer? Are you aware of more sustainable products? Do you try to buy more sustainable products when you have the choice?
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Soy beautiful: applied chemistry

5 lessons, 5 files
What STEM equipment is used to make soy-based beauty products? Students act as lab technicians working for a cosmetic company and learn the names, functions and units of common lab and measuring equipment by generating soy-based beauty products. Students will …
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pH in soil

3 lessons, 5 files
What is the variability in pH of soils across a field? Soil tests show the pH and nutrient amounts in a field. Soil chemistry determines the amount of root growth, the amount of nutrients that can be held in the soil, and the ability of plants to take in …
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Let’s eat! Exploring food science

4 lessons, 16 files
How is science in everything we eat? What is your favorite food? Chances are a soybean product is being used to process it or, if it’s a meat dish, was used to feed the animal. Other living things (microbes) help to make our food, too. C …