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Corona Virus - COVID-19: A Research Assignment

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CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability:
Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

 

1. In groups of 3 - 4 students, you are to study the following data and make a presentation to the class.

 

Read the following articles and view the videos. ReadingVideo

A. The Conversation 13 March 2020

The Conversation

B. The Conversation 14 March 2020 ReadingVideo

The Conversation

C.  Coronavirus - COVID-19 in Australia - updated daily. Reading

Corona Virus in Australia

 

2. Gather all the facts and figures from these three resources. Assemble your group's information in a coherent way that will instruct others to know, at least the following questions and statements:

a. What is a virus?

b. How does the Coronavirus "work"?

c. Interesting facts and figures

d. Interesting graphs with explanations

3. Your presentation is to be as creative as possible!

You might like to see comedian Sammy J's The Ballad of Dunny Roll as stimulus material.

 

 

The Science tells us that renewable energy is the way of the Future. But is it for Australia?

High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability:
Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

ICTAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology Capability

 

 

1. Divide the class into groups of four students: Microbiologist, UN Representative, Bernie Fraser, & Government Official. Each of these perspectives is to research with the content provided, and, be able to convincingly advocate that perspectives' point of view.

2. Research: Reading

Microbiologist: Read the following article... Fill 'er up, with microalgae

Microalgae

Microalgae - an alternative biofuel for cars, machinery?
Microalgae are an interesting alternative to other biofuel crops such as corn or soy. Microalgae are individual cells or short chains of cells from algae freely moving through water. They occur in nearly any pool of water and can readily be cultivated.

“They have a number of advantages over oil-containing agricultural products,” explains Johannes Lercher, a researcher investigating algae’s use in biofuel. “They grow significantly faster than land-based biomass, have a high triglyceride content, and, unlike the terrestrial cultivation of oilseed plants, their use for fuel production does not compete with food production.”

The research team has developed a novel catalyst: nickel on a porous support made of zeolite HBeta. They have used this to achieve the conversion of raw, untreated algae oil under mild conditions, suitable for use as high-grade fuels for vehicles.

(Source: The Conversation)

Microalgae Oil

(Image Source: Wiley Online Library)

Know what is involved and expound the view that microbiology can help Australia with renewable energy when required in the discussion.

What to know more?

Read about Bubbles Build Better Biofuels!

 

 

UN Representative:  Read the news item: Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere surge to new highs: UN.

Greenhouse gas levels - high UN

Know what is involved and expound the view that the UN is concerned about the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Express your concerns and their impact on the Australian situation when required in the discussion.

Bernie Fraser: Read Climate Change Authority's Bernie Fraser calls for renewable energy target to be extended.

SMH 10/9/2014

Know what is involved and expound the view that the Climate Change Authority is concerned about and its very existence in the "political climate". Express your concerns and their impact on the Australian situation when required in the discussion.

Government Official: Read the following article... Tony Abbott's government is 'recklessly endangering' the future on climate, says UK chief.

SMH
Government Official: Read the following article..."Why Tony Abbott wants to abolish the carbon price"

The Guardian

3. Hold a Discussion Summit trying to reach concensus and make recommendations to the Government about the carbon tax and greenhouse emissions. Use iSpring to present your arguments and perspectives.

iSpring

 

 

 

 

Websites, Games & Apps

e-Bug Game

Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics


e-Bug

Microbe Zoo

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Australian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Microbe Zoo
Children's University, Manchester - Micro-organisms (Interactive)

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Micro-Organisms
Children's University, Manchester, What are Bacteria? [Needs Flash]

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Australian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

What is bacteria?

American Society for Microbiology: Lesson Plans

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ASM Lesson Plans

 


WebQuests

Disease Busters [Web Archive Only - you will need your school's IT person to allow you access]
An old WQ - maybe bring it up to date with the latest resources!

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ICT Australian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology Capability

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability
Literacy
Australian Curriculum General Capability:
Literacy

Disease Busters

Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps: A WebQuest exploring the microbial diversity of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps.
An excellent WQ


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ICT
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology Capability

Critical
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability
Literacy
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy



WebQuest
Did You Know?

The Conversation

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral disease that can lead to incurable paralysis. The World Health Organisation is coordinating a programme to eradicate this disease from the face of the earth, and we are very close to achieving this goal.

But polio is still not adequately controlled in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. The eradication program will remain at risk until all countries have eliminated the virus.
(Source: The Conversation 09/09/2014)



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