Welcome to your first ever major assignment! You may think of this as a big project, a big to-do, an exam, etc. It’s just big! 🙂 How big? It’s 100 points big! A number of things to consider:
- This assignment is in an “open” assignment. Feel free to use whatever resource you need to help you learn.
- This assignment is also available now and will close on its due date. After the due date has passed, you will lose 10%
- This assignment does NOT have to be done in one sitting. In fact, I encourage you to take your time and tackle it in pieces.
- Finally, this assignment can be completed via a variety of ways. You are welcome to submit an essay, a video, pictures, website, etc. Don’t feel you are limited by a particular method.
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- Part 1: Teach the Science – Let’s imagine that in 15 years, you are in some kind of teaching role – maybe you are a teacher or a parent or find yourself in a situation that you have to teach someone younger than you about macromolecules.
- Prepare something (it can be anything you want!) that can clearly and accurately teach someone about the four biomolecules.
- Make sure you include the following information:
- Where it can be found in nature (or in the body)
- What its function is
- Why it’s important for us (humans!)
- Part 2: Biology in Society: Water Inequality – Complete this part using this article: Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States
- First, I want to acknowledge that this article is 85 pages long. Deep breaths. You do not need to read the whole thing.
- Second, do some background sleuthing about this group. Now that you have some practice evaluating science in the news, determine the trustworthiness of this report.
- Read Part 1: What the Data Tells Us (pages 14-24)
- What are the data telling us about water access across the United States?
- Page 16 shows the investigators’ methods. Yes, my eyes glossed over the texts too… but this page is important. How did the investigators gather data (what information did they use) and WHY is it important to know their methods?
- What were some of the misconceptions you may have had about water inequality in this country? What are some things you learned from part 1 of this article?
- Pick ONE of the six case studies present (pages 30-60)
- Which case study did you pick?
- Who is impacted in this case study?
- Briefly summarize the case study.
- Pick ONE of the four action plans (pages 66-82)
- Which action plan did you pick?
- Briefly explain this action plan.
- How can this action plan help the community in the case study you picked?
- Finally, let’s look at our own backyard. Answer ONE of the following prompts below.
- What water inequality examples exist in Maryland? (give a specific example)
- What community partners exist in our state that focus on water access?
- Why should this matter to you?
- Optional and not graded: next time someone in your household pays the water bill, take a look at the itemization. How much do you pay for infrastructure? What is it in payment for? I live in Baltimore City and the average sewer infrastructure cost is $37 per month.
- Part 3: Critical Consumption: Help me make sense of this article, “Scientists Have Figured Out Why Mice Are Afraid of Bananas (Links to an external site.)“
- In case you are wondering, the original scientific paper is titled, “Olfactory exposure to late-pregnant and lactating mice causes stress-induced analgesic in male mice (Links to an external site.)“.
- Read the Digg article. Briefly summarize what it is saying.
- I don’t expect you to read the full scientific paper. At least scan through the abstract, introduction, and discussion.
- Would bananas be a good way to ward off mice in your house in the event that you have these little guests over? Why or why not?