“Designing the Super Explore” is one of several life science lessons in the NSTA Press book Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons. This NSTA book “introduces a conceptual framework that keeps science front and center as engineering, technology, and science applications are embedded meaningfully into science lessons and includes instructional supports throughout the book”.
The Super Explore is an engineering design challenge added to a common inheritance lesson that uses beads to represent alleles as students explore the phenomena of variation within offspring. These lessons using the 5E instructional model could be accomplished in 4-5 sessions of 50 minutes each. Students will begin the lesson by determining the probability of potential human traits. Then in a *StEMTified version, they will attempt to use bioengineering to solve a problem of the uncontrolled reproduction of harmful bacteria with a genetically engineered super-organism, a fish, that is capable of controlling this bacterial population.
*StEMTified is a process as opposed to STEM which is a thing. St is science infused with technology, E is the engineering design process, M is mathematical practices with habits of mind, and T is technology as a product or solution to a problem.