Students will explore the wonders of biology – from the molecular building blocks of life, to cells, organs and organ systems, to the human body as an interconnected whole, and even the behavior of populations – through the prism of health and disease.
Living Well: Characteristics of Life, Macromolecules, Cells
The science of human health and disease
On this journey, students will meet and emulate engaging STEM career role models working in a range of relevant, impactful healthcare jobs, and they will deeply consider the opportunities and challenges that advances in biology present for themselves and their communities. Students get inspired to learn the science of waves through real JASON STEM role models like Janet Buhlmann, PhD., who seeks out new therapies for autoimmune diseases at Pfizer. Along the way, they will build their scientific literacy and practice essential STEM skills, including data analysis, design and engineering, software coding, critical thinking, and effective communication. The foundational lessons of this curriculum will introduce the core building blocks of life: Proteins (Tools of Life), DNA (Code of Life), and Cells (Units of Life).
Mission 1: Molecules to Cells
In this Mission students go deep inside the body to discover the huge variety of functions of proteins, the intricacy of DNA, the essential structures of cells, and the fascinating signals the human body uses to communicate with itself. Between articles and videos, students will learn how to live healthy at the most fundamental level.
Examples of Key Concepts and Vocabulary:
Proteins, DNA, enzymes, cell, molecule, cell receptors