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Top 10 countdown

In two activities, students can work in groups to play an organism matching game or create their own list of Top 10 science experiences from the semester.

Analyzing a top article

Students will read and summarize one of the Top 10 stories of 2017, as reported by Science News.

How sensitive?

Students will design and execute an experiment to determine the relative sensitivity of touch receptors in different areas of human skin using a two-point threshold test.

Getting to know your cells

These discussion prompts cover stem cells, gene therapy and the proteins of the extracellular matrix.

Replacing a boy’s skin

Students will report on the who, what, why and how of a treatment for a rare skin disease.

Making carbon connections

These discussion prompts cover the basics of radioactive decay and carbon-14 dating, as well as concepts related to climate change.

Who are the SN 10 scientists?

In this activity, students will gain a better understanding of the character traits, personal qualities and career paths of the SN 10 scientists through a Jeopardy!-like game.

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.

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.