For this assignment, students are asked to create a project that can be accomplished simultaneously with normal class topics and should pertain to next generation high school science learning standards. Topics that will be covered in this project pertain to Biology textbook chemistry chapters that include atoms & elements, types of chemical reactions, enzymes, properties of water, pH and biological macromolecules. Students should demonstrate to the class their understanding and mastery of a biochemistry topic by creating an experiment or demonstration that will go along with topics being discussed in class.
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Some ideas presented in this document include:
Atoms, elements and chemical reactions: Researching and displaying understanding of new technologies in metals, carbon, 3D printing, materials development, safely showing a chemical reaction pertaining to biological systems
pH (acids & bases): Creating batteries, driving motors, creating cleaners, dismantling proteins
Properties of water: Researching and displaying movement of water across a membrane, solubility of water, hydrolysis or dehydration synthesis, hydration, water purification, osmosis or diffusion displays
Enzymes: Displaying how enzymes affect the rate of particular chemical processes in living organisms. Decomposition and recycling of materials via biological organism or enzyme (worms, earthworms, bacteria or fungus: mushrooms or molds (composting)) Teacher should give directives relative to hazardous bacteria & mold cultivation.
Biological Molecules: Examination or comparison of chemical or energy values of food items, analysis of GMO production of pesticides or food protein changes and/or metabolism of GMO proteins by the body (immune system response aka food allergies), examination of different sources of fat (saturated versus unsaturated), examination of different carbohydrates (simple versus complex, caloric differences in metabolism), examination and analysis of different protein sources (comparison within animal proteins, comparison within plant proteins, cross comparison between plant and animal proteins)