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Lesson plan: How “Impact Inventing” could solve public health issues

Subject Health and Wellness — Personal and Community Health, Science — Life Science, Science and Engineering Practices, Social Studies — Civics and Government, Current Events, Research Skills
Grade Level Grades 6-8
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If there were an unconventional and even controversial way to stomp out Lyme disease, would you support it? What if that way included the release of thousands of genetically engineered mice into the community? What if it were your community? Several residents of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts say the tick problem has gotten so bad that they’re ready to find out. 

In this lesson, students will watch the PBS NewsHour video, “Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?” and learn how Impact Inventing might help solve this public health problem.

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Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?
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Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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