SD EPSCoR STEM Modules
Design Your Own GMO
For this lesson, students will be learning about the process of genetic engineering, comparing and discussing various foods & organisms that are engineered, and will finish by designing their own GMO in an effort to solve a global problem. Their newly modified organisms will be displayed on an infographic (or something similar) and then shared with their classmates in a forum type setting. This lesson was inspired by the work of SDSU scientist, JosÃ© Gonzalez, who works on sequencing out the genomes of native prairie grasses in this region in an effort to then later modify these plants to live in a variety of environmental conditions. These plants could then later be used as biofuels in areas where traditional crop growing is not possible.