In this unit, students will learn about the ubiquitous nature of microorganisms, the conditions that foster growth of organisms and the sometimes negative effects.
This unit is intended to be an Interdisciplinary approach to microorganisms. In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Biotechnology, Chemistry, and American Literature (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.
Biotechnology will focus on the omnipresent nature of and technology related to the collection and cultivation of microorganisms. Chemistry will focus on the aqueous nature of the solutions and media used to grow organism with particular attention to the equations used to make various solutions. American Literature will focus on the global macrocosmic impact of microorganisms in relation to transmission, resistance, morbidity and mortality, as well as examine the societal consequences of bacterial contagion through literary, cultural, philosophical, and political lenses.
The culminating activity of this Interdisciplinary approach will require students to create artistic mind maps (AMM) that reflect their learning about microbial organisms in each of the three core courses, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and American Literature. The “How to Make an Artistic Mind Map lesson” will be taught in the American Literature class.
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.