Last updated: 8/20/2010
Niagara Falls City School District
630 66th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304


Science Seminar - 20 Weeks

(1) MST1.C.LE.LE.1.1 Students elaborate on basic scientific and personal explanations of natural phenomena, and develop extended visual models and mathematical formulations to represent their thinking.
(1) MST1.C.LE.LE.1.2 Students hone ideas through reasoning, library research, and discussion with others, including experts.
(1) MST1.C.LE.LE.1.3 Students work toward reconciling competing explanations; clarifying points of agreement and disagreement.
(1) MST1.C.LE.LE.2.2 Students refine their research ideas through library investigations, including electronic information retrieval and reviews of the literature, and through peer feedback obtained from review and discussion.
(1) MST2.C.C.IS.2.2 Students discuss the ethical and social issues raised by the use and abuse of information systems.
(1) MST2.C.ES.IS.1.1 Students access, select, collate, and analyze information obtained from a wide range of sources such as research data bases, foundations, organizations, national libraries, and electronic communication networks, including the Internet.
(1) MST2.C.P.IS.1.2 Students prepare multimedia presentations demonstrating a clear sense of audience and purpose. (Note: Multimedia may include posters, slides, images, presentation software, etc.)
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.1.2 Students describe and explain the structures and functions of the human body at different organizational levels (e.g., systems, tissues, cells, organelles).
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.2.2 Students explain how the technology of genetic engineering allows humans to alter the genetic makeup of organisms.
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.5.2 Students explain disease as a failure of homeostasis.
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.7.3 Students explain how individual choices and societal actions can contribute to improving the environment.
(1) MST7.C.C.CO.1.3 Students design solutions to real-world problems on a community, national, or global scale using a technological design process that integrates scientific investigation and rigorous mathematical analysis of the problem and of the solution.
(1) MST7.E.SR2 Solving interdisciplinary problems involves a variety of skills and strategies, including effective work habits; gathering and processing information; generating and analyzing ideas; realizing ideas; making connections among the common themes of mathematics, science, and technology; and presenting results.
10. Euthanasia, Medical Ethics & Malpractice Euthanasia WebQuest

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 6 - Disease

1. Define mal practice and euthanasia

2. What is the “Patient’s Bill of Rights?”

3. Distinquish between clinical and biological death.

4. Differentiate between active and passive euthanasia.

11. Organ Transplants, Innovations in Pharmacology & Surgery TransWeb.org

OrganTransplants.org: The Gift of a Lifetime

Molecular Pharmacology

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 4 - Substance Use & Abuse

Unit 6 - Disease

1. Chose one new drug and explain the conditions it treats.

2. Disucss what is involved in it’s use, limitations, and problems that may occur.

3. Find and report a new surgery technique and explain how it works and what it is used for.

4. Discuss what’s involved with this technique, limitations after surgery, and problems during or after surgery.
12. Genetic Engineering Genetic Engineering and Its Dangers

Genetic Engineering News

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

GeneticEngineering.org

Safe-food.org

Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered FoodsGel Electrophoresis.doc - Utilizing gel electrophoresis apparatus to determine the possibilites of paternal relations

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

1. Explain what is cloning, how it’s done, and explain if we should clone?

2. What will the Human Genome Project do for society and should we be mapping our genes?

3. Are Doctors and farmers playing God by utilizing genetic engineering?

13. Physical therapy, Chiropractics & Acupuncture A Hotlist on Exercise

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 5 - Physical Fitness & Nutrition

1. Explain the principle and practices of the acupuncture techniques. What is it and what is it supposed to do?

2. What are some common ailments best handled by chiropractics? Is this advantages or not as compared to surgery or medications?
14. Cosmetic Surgery A Hotlist on Medical Sci Research

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Pick any three types of cosmetic surgery and explain how the procedure is accomplished.

2. What are the costs, benefits, and risks to cosmetic surgery?
15. Personality & Emotions Basic Emotions

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Explain where personality in the human brain comes from and what components are associated with personality?

2. Where do emotions come from and explain the emotional gradient?
16. Child Psychology Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Encyclopedia of Psychology

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

The Child Psychologist

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 7 - Parenting

1. Discuss various aspects of Child Psychosocial Development.

2. Discuss various components of cognitive development during childhood. Give examples for each stage: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational.
17. Sleep & Dreams A Hotlist on Sleep and Dreams

Sleep, Dreams, and Wakefulness

Sleep and Dreams

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Explain the physiological aspects/requirements for sleeping.

2. Explain the physiological aspects of dreaming.
18. Hypnosis Hypnosis.org

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Explain the physiological aspect of hypnosis including the parts of the brain involved, differences between conscious and subconscious & dissociation and suggestibility.

2. Discuss the benefits of hypnotherapy.
19. Stress & Relaxation Techniques

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 5 - Physical Fitness & Nutrition

1. Explain the general physiological information associated with the Autonomic Nervous System and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical System.

2. What is stress and whatpsychosomatic problems that arise from stress?

3. Explain relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
20. Psychological Disorders & Psychotherapy

HEALTH

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Summarize AND give examples of the following psychological disorders: Depression, Anziety Disorders, Childhood disorders, Impulse control disorders, adjustment disorders, dissociative disorders, schizophrenia.

2.Discuss 1 psychotherapeutical technique utilized by a professional practitioner to alleviate these disorders.
21. Learning

HEALTH

Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

1. Discuss the physiological basis for learning.

2. What does intelligence mean and how is it measured?

3. Discuss differences between Cognitive Styles & Learning Styles
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