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


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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

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.


Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?
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