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Antioxidant Enzymes: Three of Four Veggies a Day Keeps Aging Away

Antioxidant Enzymes: Three of Four Veggies a Day Keeps Aging Away

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The purpose of this video lesson is to expand the student's knowledge ...

The purpose of this video lesson is to expand the student's knowledge about enzymes by introducing the antioxidant enzymes that are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage and eventual slowing of the aging process and prevention of several diseases. Students will learn that natural antioxidant enzymes are manufactured in the body and provide an important defense against free radicals. The topic of free radical action is introduced, covering how they are constantly generated in living cells both by "accidents of chemistry" and also by specific metabolic processes.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Sawsan F. Karadsheh
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?

Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?

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There are a number of hands-on and interactive scientific lesson plans, each ...

There are a number of hands-on and interactive scientific lesson plans, each inviting students to learn what is known about earthquakes, earthquake hazards, and hazards preparedness. Prior to the start of lessons, it is important to assess student's knowledge of earthquakes and hazards. The pre-assessment activity creates a means to do this. Lessons 1-6 target physical processes related to earthquakes. Lessons 7-11 focus on hazards associated with earthquakes and mitigation strategies. Lesson 12 provides a unique means for reinforcing concepts covered during previous lessons.

Subject:
Earth Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Zach Adam
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Case of the Stolen Painting: A Forensic Mystery

The Case of the Stolen Painting: A Forensic Mystery

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Students will identify the major evolutionary innovations that separate plant divisions, and ...

Students will identify the major evolutionary innovations that separate plant divisions, and classify plants as belonging to one of those divisions based on phenotypic differences in plants. They will also classify plants by their pollen dispersal methods using pollen dispersal mapping, and justify the location of a crime scene using map analysis. Students will also be able to analyze and present their analysis of banding patterns from DNA fingerprinting using plants in a forensic context.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Sydney Bergman
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Chemotherapy Resistance: The Fault in Our Cells

Chemotherapy Resistance: The Fault in Our Cells

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Students will learn how mutations can result in tumor heterogeneity and make ...

Students will learn how mutations can result in tumor heterogeneity and make tumors more sensitive or resistant to chemotherapy treatment. Students participating should have a basic understanding of cellular division (mitosis) and DNA structure and replication. Using this knowledge, students will run a tumor growth and treatment simulation to model how a tumor's heterogeneous composition can change the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Megan E. Rokup
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Classifing Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence

Classifing Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence

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In this lesson students will learn how mutations can result in tumor ...

In this lesson students will learn how mutations can result in tumor heterogeneity and make tumors more sensitive or resistant to chemotherapy treatment. Students participating should have a basic understanding of cellular division (mitosis) and DNA structure and replication. Using this knowledge, students will run a tumor growth and treatment simulation to model how a tumor’s heterogeneous composition can change the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Megan E. Rokup
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Discovering Genes Associated with Diseases and Traits in Dogs

Discovering Genes Associated with Diseases and Traits in Dogs

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In this video module, students learn how scientists use genetic information from ...

In this video module, students learn how scientists use genetic information from dogs to find out which gene (out of all 20,000 dog genes) is associated with any specific trait or disease of interest. This method involves comparing hundreds of dogs with the trait to hundreds of dogs not displaying the trait, and examining which position on the dog DNA is correlated with the trait (i.e. has one DNA sequence in dogs with the trait but another DNA sequence in dogs not displaying the trait). Students will also learn something about the history of dog breeds and how this history helps us find genes.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Elinor Karlsson, PhD
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Ecological Cost of Dinner

The Ecological Cost of Dinner

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This lesson is about the flow of energy in ecosystems. The setting ...

This lesson is about the flow of energy in ecosystems. The setting is Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, where students will learn about the first Thanksgiving meal in America, celebrated in 1621 by early American settlers and Wampanoag Indians. By examining this meal and comparing it to a modern day Thanksgiving celebration, students will be able to explore the way in which food energy moves and is transformed in an ecosystem.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Leslie Reinharz
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Fingerprinting Gravity

Fingerprinting Gravity

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This very interactive video lesson uses the Simple Pendulum experiment to enable ...

This very interactive video lesson uses the Simple Pendulum experiment to enable students to answer the fundamental question: What is the value of g in my school and in my home? Students will learn to calculate this value by working in groups to make pendulums of different lengths and by learning to count pendulum oscillations.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Bashar Lahlouh
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Forces and Angles

Forces and Angles

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The goal of this lesson is to assist students to relate the ...

The goal of this lesson is to assist students to relate the forces acting upon particular objects and the unseen resolution of those forces. The video begins with a story line involving Adam, who helps his father in the garden by disposing of a garbage bag of leaves the very act that involves resolution of forces.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Bahtiar Afandi, Jong Kah Yin, Hussaini Abdul Rahman
Date Added:
02/26/2019
From Teenage to Old Age: How Cancer Develops Over Time

From Teenage to Old Age: How Cancer Develops Over Time

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This lesson focuses on how cancer is caused by mutations that accumulate ...

This lesson focuses on how cancer is caused by mutations that accumulate over time in cells' DNA, how the genes mutated in cancer are involved in normal cell growth & division, and how different types of mutations affect the functions of these genes.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Alice Berger, Tina Huang, Luc de Waal, and Megan E. Rokup
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Genetic Basis of Inheritance and Variation

The Genetic Basis of Inheritance and Variation

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Students will learn the genetic mechanisms that cause variation among humans (parents ...

Students will learn the genetic mechanisms that cause variation among humans (parents and children, brothers and sisters) and how to calculate the probability that two individuals will have an identical genetic makeup.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Amjad Mahasneh
Date Added:
02/26/2019
How Hot is Hot? Heat Versus Temperature

How Hot is Hot? Heat Versus Temperature

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The aim of this lesson is to introduce the concepts of heat ...

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the concepts of heat and temperature, which many students find confusing. Students will be asked to explore and discuss situations where even though the same amount of heat is absorbed by several substances, the increase in temperature of the substances is different. Students will also carry out several experiments to compare and relate the situations where the same amount of heat absorbed by substances will result in different temperatures.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Mohd Zaid Ismail, Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Ghazali
Date Added:
02/26/2019
How Mosquitos Fly in the Rain

How Mosquitos Fly in the Rain

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We learn how insects can fly in the rain. The objective is ...

We learn how insects can fly in the rain. The objective is to calculate the impact forces of raindrops on flying mosquitoes. Students will gain experience with using Newton's laws, gathering data from videos and graphs, and most importantly, the utility of making approximations.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Dr. David Hu
Date Added:
02/26/2019
I Am a Novice Marathoner: Sources of Energy for the Big Race

I Am a Novice Marathoner: Sources of Energy for the Big Race

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This lesson focuses on energy production in the body through the digestion ...

This lesson focuses on energy production in the body through the digestion of food. The concepts covered here involve the expenditure of energy from nutrition and cellular respiration, with a particular focus on the strenuous energy demands of marathon running. For the learning activities, students will design their own menu to prepare for the big race, with careful attention to prevent hitting the wall's situation caused by depletion of a glycogen source in the body during extreme activity.

Subject:
Science
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Norliza Bt M. Yusof, Mardiana Bt Yusof, Airin Bt Abu Bakar, Dr. Zaleha Abdullah, and Dr. Mahani Mokhtar
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The King of Dinosaurs or a Chicken Dinner? One Paleontologist's Quest to Activate Atavistic Genes and Create a Dinosaur

The King of Dinosaurs or a Chicken Dinner? One Paleontologist's Quest to Activate Atavistic Genes and Create a Dinosaur

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This lesson uses the fundamentals of protein synthesis as a context for ...

This lesson uses the fundamentals of protein synthesis as a context for investigating the closest living relative to Tyrannosaurus rex and evaluating whether or not paleontologist and dinosaur expert, Jack Horner, will be able to "create" live dinosaurs in the lab. The first objective is for students to be able to access and properly utilize the NIH's protein sequence database to perform a BLAST, using biochemical evidence to determine T rex's closest living relative. The second objective is for students to be able to explain and evaluate Jack Horner's plans for creating live dinosaurs in the lab.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Justin Lessek and Diana Aljets
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Meet the Family: Investigating Primate Relationships

Meet the Family: Investigating Primate Relationships

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Students will see the different types of evidence scientists use to understand ...

Students will see the different types of evidence scientists use to understand evolutionary relationships among organisms. They will first practice by using shared physical characteristics to predict relationships among members of the cat family and then use this approach to predict primate relationships.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Jennifer Cross Peterson
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Mysteries of Magnetism

The Mysteries of Magnetism

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This lesson will explore the connections between magnetism in natural materials and ...

This lesson will explore the connections between magnetism in natural materials and electromagnetism. The ultimate goal will be for students to form an understanding that the source of magnetism in natural materials is moving charges. It is helpful, but not required, for the students to have some work with electricity, and other distance forces (such as gravity or the electric force).

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Gary Garber
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Mystery of Motion: Momentum, Kinetic Energy and Their Conversion

The Mystery of Motion: Momentum, Kinetic Energy and Their Conversion

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The concept of momentum applied to hard-body collisions is explained using a ...

The concept of momentum applied to hard-body collisions is explained using a number of simple demonstrations, all of which can be repeated in the classroom. Understanding Newton's Laws is fundamental to all of physics, and this lesson introduces the vital concepts of momentum and energy, and their conservation.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Pervez Hoodbhoy
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Pollination: Saying It With Flowers

Pollination: Saying It With Flowers

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This lesson focuses on the process of pollination. The learning objectives include ...

This lesson focuses on the process of pollination. The learning objectives include learning the anatomy and physiology of flowers, the ecology of pollination, and a focus on plants as essential players in the natural world.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Naomi Volain
Date Added:
02/26/2019