Mia's Case: Who Needs Biotechnology?

Education Services / L’équipe des services d’éducation
12 September 2012

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Case Study Overview

This case study introduces students to biotechnology and invites them to explore their first impressions of biotechnology and the past and present impacts of biotechnology in society, as well as in their own life. This lesson series, in part or whole, would be most beneficial at the beginning of a unit on biotechnology. Lessons do not need to be done together and can be presented throughout a unit in an ongoing fashion.

Suggested Timing: 3 class periods

MINDS-ON: Impressions of Biotechnology

In this series of introductory activities, students will become familiar with Mia’s case and some of the applications and impacts of biotechnology in everyday life. By considering Mia’s perceptions of biotechnology and exploring their own understanding and impressions of biotechnology students will begin to develop their own views on biotechnology in society.

Suggested Timing: 45-50 minutes

Teacher Resources

  • MINDS-ON (Lesson Plan) [.pdf]
  • BLM 2—Silent Discussion/Graffiti Questions [.doc] [.pdf]
  • BLM 4—Anticipated Answers—Applications of Biotechnology [.doc] [.pdf]

Student Resources

ACTION: Biotechnology in My Lifetime

In this activity, students will explore the history and innovations of biotechnology using an interactive online timeline. Students will identify key discoveries or innovations that occurred during their lifetime and determine the impacts/effects of these innovations on their life.

Suggested Timing: 45 minutes

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

CONSOLIDATION: Biotechnology in Society

In this activity, students will explore the history and innovations of biotechnology using an interactive online timeline. Students will identify key discoveries or innovations that occurred during their lifetime  and determine the impacts/
effects of these innovations on their life.

Suggested Timing: 50-60 minutes

Teacher Resources

  • CONSOLIDATION (Lesson Plan) [.pdf]

Student Resources

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