Science Solutions

  This course examines global issues and their science solutions. Students will identify specific problems affecting peoples in different parts of the world (malaria in Africa, drought in Australia, air pollution in China) and determine science solutions.

  Students will study past science solutions to global problems such as the vaccination campaign that resulted in the eradication of Polio, clean air legislation that reduced CFC emissions to protect the ozone layer and the increased food production that sustained population growth in India.

   Specific current issues such as the need for low cost wheelchairs in developing war-torn countries, low cost mosquito nets to combat malaria, water desalination and purification technology to provide clean drinking water and country appropriate Earthquake preparedness and rescue logistics (Haiti) will be described. In addition students will discuss the scientific evidence for global warming and provide location specific alternative energy solutions (wind power in Costa Rica and Crete, wave and wind power in Holland, solar power in Arizona, Nuclear power in France, Hydroelectric power in Scandinavia). 

   Students will distinguish between effective and wasteful implementation of past and current science solutions. Students will assess the comparative roles of ‘best practice’ Non Governmental Organizations (Doctors without Borders, the Gates foundation) as well as the role of effective government in executing large-scale science solutions.

   Students will be responsible for two projects (click the links at right fo details) that each involve researching a particular problem, identifying possible science solutions and determining how to implement these effectively including logistic considerations (cost, equipment, transportation). Students will make and share presentations using technology that may include Power point, I Movie or PC Smart media, newsletters, web pages, blogs and video production.

© Sean Wilmot 2012