Lesson 3: Engineer
After solidifying the idea that both environmental and genetic factors affect growth, students turn to the arena that they can control: environment. Students design a solution to the issue of inequitable access to nutrition for children around the globe. First, students identify a community that has the genetics for healthy growth but is in need of some crucial environmental factors. They then offer a plan to help children in that region get the nutrient or vitamin they may be lacking.
MS-LS1-5: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS4-5: Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.