Students will learn about the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Additionally, students will learn about the translation of DNA into biological traits. If the DNA is mutated, the consequences can be good or bad. Often random mutations, caused by mutagens, result in unexpected outcomes or even harmful consequences. This unit will focus primarily on radiation as a source of genetic mutation.
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in chemistry and American Literature (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.
- American Literature (ELA) will incorporate the writings of people affected by the dropping of the atomic bomb in Japan during WWII.
- Chemistry will focus on the properties of radioactivity from a atomic point of view
The structure of this unit and the materials contained within it were created by Armando Gonzalez (CTE), Kathleen O'Neill (chemistry) and Susan Carle (ELA) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Sheri Coburn.