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Dawn of New Revolutions:
Revolutionizing Biology to meet Needs

The folllwing question underlines the Youth Voices Forum, the major project in the Dawn of New Revolutions unit:

  • Given the world’s burgeoning population and conflict over resources, how can we create an equitable, healthy and peaceful world?

Students grapple with ideas about how access to resources has dominated the scientific and historical landscapes of yesterday and today. Controversies over how to feed and care for ever growing populations have been hallmarks of history.

In this unit, students investigate how the following have impacted human health:

  • revolutions
  • conflict
  • change
  • resource management

Specifically they study how pesticides and genetically engineered foods are changing how much and what kinds of food are produced and concerns for their potential impact on human health. They also study the public policies of various nations concerning these hotly disputed subjects. The students debate the merits of pesticides and genetically engineered foods for the future of the world in a UN style forum.

This unit addresses the education standards for 10th grade. 

Major Project-Youth Voices Forum
Conflict over resources and resource development is a unifying theme throughout all four courses. Revolutions in scientific and agricultural practices that affect food resources are a hotbed for debate among nations. The environmental health implications are often at the heart of this debate. Students piece together the myriad of conflicting factors that complicate the world of international decision making.

Image of the Dawn of New Revolutions

Scientist Profile - ---

For more information and background check out this great article
The Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods
from Environmental Health Perspectives


Week - Connection Science - Biology World History Language Arts Math
Week 1
Setting the scene: Food resources, debate & conflict
Just What are you Eating? Resources - Can't live without them! Current Events Country Borders and Area
Cotton and Cabbage
Putting on Mass: Just how do Trees grow? What is War? The Annotated Bibliography
Sugar and Light What are components of War?
Week 2
In biology students build a basic understanding of plant function. In World History & Language Arts students study conflict of resources, the wars that result and the propaganda around resources.
Without Pigments we're Nothing! Why study War? Propaganda  Mapping Natural Disasters
Sugar and carbohydrates, protein, fat and water - that’s what little plants are made of! Two World Wars
Flower, Form and Function
Week 3
Students address interaction between insects and plants in preparation for studying pesticides while in Language Arts the interdependency of the natural world & pesticides are introduced through Silent Spring.

The Birds and the Bees, and the Flowers and the Trees

Two World Wars Silent Spring  Just How Many is a "Million Dead"?
Design a Pollinator
Week 4
Language Arts ties World History & Biology together as students debate issues of agricultural technology. While the Mathematics extension lesson expands on the Silent Spring lesson & the study of plant animal interaction & pesticides in Biology.
When Is a Pest an Insect? The Reality of War Debates  Biomagnification
Acute Toxicity: LD50 by the Numbers
Just Spray ‘Em!? What are Your Human Rights? : Post World War II and Human Rights
Aphids and Ladybirds

Week 5
Students explore the basis for the UN in world history while developing their formal writing skills in Language Arts during resolution writing. They further develop their understanding of genetics and get further background for their country portfolios in mathematics

Return to Cotton and Cabbage Unity and the United Nations Writing Resolutions  Population Pyramids
What is DNA? DNA Extraction from Kiwifruit
DNA, Genes and Chromosomes WAR child Canada's : GENOCIDE
DNA Replication
Week 6
Students develop materials for their portfolio in mathematics, language arts while applying their UN background in world history and genetic background in biology.
How Things Go Wrong How Can You be a Revolutionary? Country Display What Do You Want to Know? - Country Statistics
Protein Synthesis and Words Locating the Cold War
Karyotype Puzzle
Chocolate Flavored Cherries
Designer Genes Warring Philosophies: The Cold War
Week 7
The final week of preparation before the forum, students cement ideas to be presented in the forum.
GMFs : Golden Rice or Frankenfood? The Cold War in Popular Music    
  Reviewing Resource Conflict
Week 8

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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