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Science News 10 scientists to watch

SN 10: Scientists to Watch

Through the SN 10: Scientists to Watch list, this guide explores what it means to be a scientist and focuses on the plant-related work of two particular scientists on the list.

Behold the power of light

These discussion prompts cover chloropasts, chlorophyll, photosynthesis and related reactions, and solar cells.

Peering back at plants

Students will search the Science News archive for stories about photosynthesis and plant roots.

The molecular lives of plants

These questions focus on articles about two of the 2017 SN 10: Scientists to Watch. The scientists are studying how plant roots seek water and developing artificial photosynthesis.
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Genes Foretell Flu Shot Response

This guide focuses on the connections between genes and the immune response. Students will explore flu vaccines, how they are made and how the body responds to them.

Catching the flu

Students will explore public data and information to learn more about how a flu vaccine is made and how the body responds to it.

Your body as watchdog

These discussion prompts focus on gene activity and analysis, the immune system and how vaccines work.

Flu shot response foretold

Students will answer questions about new research showing that the activity of a small number of genes can predict a young person's immune response to the flu vaccine.
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Flex Time

This guide focuses on neurons, how they form connections and how those connections are important for learning.

How do neurons form connections?

Students will study prepared microscope slides and create model neurons to gain a better understanding of what neurons look like, how they connect and how learning changes these connections.

Using Science News to develop a research question and hypothesis

Students will use Science News as a resource for discovering a research question that interests them and developing a testable hypothesis.

Science News as research inspiration

Students will discuss the scientific details that are left out of short news reports and explore how these brief reports can lead to ideas for original research.