As Stem Tech team members, your role will be to investigate the relationship between stem cell research and cloning. You are concerned with government regulation of stem cell research, and how any new laws might guide scientists in the future.
Your first job is to decide which group members will be responsible for each task. This is an important task. You will want to match your group member's strengths and resources to their role. (Example: A group member with Internet access at home would be an excellent choice for the Internet Research Team.)
It is very important that your team members keep their eyes on the main target question:
What government policy should be established to regulate cloning?
From the perspective of an expert in business investment, your vision of the ideal policy may be significantly different than an expert in agriculture. Identify what you believe is the single most important issue that the government should address in a cloning bill.
You may want to review DR. FRANKENSTEIN, I PRESUME?
Now create three "support questions" that you will need to investigate before the answer to the "big question" is clear.
Brainstorm a list of the types of resources/information that you think would be useful to gain greater insight into embryonic stem cell research and cloning.
Below you will find several questions that you must answer, and in addition, you will be asked to investigate the major issue that you identified in the previous activity.
For each of the questions below, you
must attach at least one
Here are your questions:
Identify five possible business ventures that stem cell research might support.
Why is the cloning process important to stem cell research? Explain stem cell technology.
Explain how current and pending legislation would impact stem cell research and possible business ventures.
How might stem cell research impact the world economy?
Look back at your "support questions", and choose the one that your group feels is critical to the success of your project. Use the resources to answer it.
It is time for your team to share what it has learned about stem cell research and cloning. You have become an expert on your role's point of view, and the people attending the Cloning Summit need to learn about stem cell research and cloning from your perspective. Your team will be given ten minutes to explain how the proposed Human Cloning Prohibition Act should be expanded or maintained, and you must explain your reasoning. Be sure that you clearly identify both your major issue and the support questions. Pictures, video & audio clips, and quotes from your research can only strengthen your presentation.
It is your job to present your perspective effectively. If you choose to do a PowerPoint presentation, it is your responsibility to make sure the program will work before the day of the Cloning Summit. If you are not using PowerPoint, you may create a butcher paper mural, or you may choose to create a video presentation. Be creative. You may want to take a quick look at a grading rubric that describes an excellent presentation.
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