Cutting Edge: Medical, Agricultural, & Pandemic Research

Watch students explore the breakthroughs in STEM that will transform our future!

We live in an era of innovation and discovery driven by STEM. In Cutting Edge, students learn about innovations in medicine, agriculture and the history of pandemics through relevant primary source resources and videos. Students will be inspired by the rapidly paced and life-saving world of innovation.

Frontiers of Medicine - The Future of Health

From innovations in genetics to artificial limbs to computer-assisted healthcare, the frontiers of medicine are being pushed back at an ever-accelerating rate. Students can explore them here!

In this mission, students will examine innovations in regenerative medicine, healthcare, and the digitization of medicine through customized articles. They will gain knowledge of medical innovations overarching goal: to make health more achievable on an individual, community, and global level, and improve life expectancies.

Target Audience:

Grades 9-12

Examples of Key Vocabulary/Concepts:

Regenerative medicine, algorithm, laboratory processes, molecular medicine, and nano-medicine.

Future Farms - Transforming Agriculture

In Future Farms, students delve into the groundbreaking developments that are making agriculture more precise, predictive, preventative of problems, and participatory for consumers. Through a series of articles, students learn more about how innovators are rising to meet the challenges of satisfying world hunger.

Target Audience:

Grades 9-12

Examples of Key Vocabulary/Concepts:

Protein-splicing, nitrogen fixation, DNA profiling, directed evolution, and autonomous farming

American Pandemics - Viral Pandemics and Their Vaccines in American Science and Society

In this journey through American history, students will explore how smallpox, yellow fever, influenza, and polio (among others) have profoundly influenced science and society. In articles, they will examine where we have fallen short and where we have triumphed in confronting these five diseases, as well as how we make widespread human health a more achievable goal.

Target Audience:

Grades 9-12

Examples of Key Vocabulary/Concepts:

epidemiology, contact tracing, bioterrorism, germ theory

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