Last updated: 7/18/2006
Niagara Falls City School District
630 66th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Science Seminar - 40 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.C.PS4.4 Students explain the uses and hazards of radioactivity.
(1) MST4.C.ES.PS1.2 Students describe current theories about the origin of the universe and solar system.
(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.3.1 Students explain the mechanisms and patterns of evolution.
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.5.1 Students explain the basic biochemical processes in living organisms and their importance in maintaining dynamic equilibrium.
(1) MST4.C.LE.LE.5.2 Students explain disease as a failure of homeostasis.
(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.
26. Weapons of Mass Destruction Wikipedia: Weapons of mass destruction

Biological Agents


Unit 6 - Disease

Should the US ever use Nuclear weapons?

Should the US ever use any other types of weapons of mass destructions?

Should these weapons be banned world wide?

How do WMD affect the environment?

What is the difference between Chemical, Biological, and Agricultural Weapons?
27. Media Influence MediaWise

Media Influence and Self-Image

Theories of Media Influence

Media Influence on the Health of Adolescents


Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 7 - Parenting

How dependent on the media has our society become?

How much TV is too much for children?

How does the media affect how we look and behave?

Does violence in the media cuase us to be violent?

How do advertising techniques make us buy products?
28. Concepts in Sports A Hotlist in Exercise

Current Concepts in Sports Nutrition

Information and Facts about Performance Enhancing Drugs and Anabolic Steriods

Health Care Information Resources: Drugs in Sports Links

American Journal of Sports Medicine


Unit 4 - Substance Use & Abuse

Unit 5 - Physical Fitness & Nutrition

Are sports too glamorized in the US?

Is there too much emphasis on winning in sports?

Who does sports psychology influence athletes?

How do sports enhancing products available on the market work and how effective are they?

Do sports encourage violence?
29. Peer Pressure Healthline: Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure


Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 3 - Violence Education

Unit 4 - Substance Use & Abuse

Is peer pressure better or worse today than in the past? Give examples.

What are some reasons why youths start drinking? Taking drugs? Smoking? Having sex?

How much pressure is there to be sexually active in high school?

Is date rape related to peer pressure?

How does peer pressure influence how people conduct their everyday lives? (clothes, shoes, hair, etc)
30. Alcoholism

Alcoholism and Its Effects on the Family


Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 4 - Substance Use & Abuse

What is your opinion on the drinking age?

What is your perception of alcohol abuse?

What is DUI/DWI? What are the consequences of DUI/DWI?

What are the statistics on high school, college, and adult drinking?

What is binge drinking?

What outcomes and treatments are there for alcoholics?
31. Drug Abuse National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Prevline: Alcohol and Drug Information


National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors


Unit 4 - Substance Use & Abuse

Should drugs be legalized?

Know the effects and statistical use of Cannabis, inhalalants, Depressents, Stimulants, hallucinogens, opiates, and cocaine.

What are the statistics on drug abuse in men, women, and youths?

How do drug test work?
32. Evolution Vs. Creationism Evolution vs. Creationism

The Talk. Origins Archive

Center for Science and Culture: Evolution News and Views

Institute for Creation Research


Unit 7 - Parenting

What are the modern theories of evolution?

What is creationism?

How should these be taught in school and in churches?

What evidence is out there to support evolutionism? Creationism?
33. Paranormal/Ghosts Parascience: Psychical Research and Investigation

ISIS: Paranormal Investigations

The Society for Paranormal Investigation

Center for Paranomal Research and Investigation


Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Do you believe in the paranormal?

How does ghost detection work?

Are psychics for real?

What makes a place haunted? Be able to give examples of documented cases.

What research is there on Big Foot, Lochness, Ouija Boards, Atlantis, The Bermuda Triange, Out of Body Experience, ESP, etc.
34. Astrology & UFOs

Lois Rodden's Astrodatabank

University Centre for Astrological Research

ISAR: International Society for Astrological Research


National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc.

Do you believe in UFO’s? Abductions?

What happened in UFO history?

What is Area 51? Roswell?

What is the latest research on extraterrestrial life?

Are horoscopes accurate? How are they created?

35. Death & Dying

Death and Dying

Wikipedia: Death

Medline Plus: End of Life Issues


Unit 1 - Health Promotion

Unit 2 - Mental & Emotional Health

Unit 6 - Disease

What are your personal feelings about Death?

Is there an afterlife?

What are the leading causes of death in the US? Of teens?

What are the stages of death?

How do near death experience occur and what is the latest research on them?

What are the costs involved with funerals and burials?
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