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Topic: Biotechnology 

Agricultural Education

 Standard 2.  Understands trends, issues, and events that have influenced agricultural practices throughout history
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how emerging technologies (e.g., satellite technology, biotechnology, mechanical technology, computer technology, chemical technology, environmental technology) are affecting agricultural practices and their possible implications for the future
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that emerging technologies are affecting agricultural practices
     2.Understands possible implications of the effect of technology on agriculture
     3.Understands how satellite technology is affecting agricultural practices
     4.Understands how biotechnology is affecting agricultural practices
     5.Understands how mechanical technology is affecting agricultural practices
     6.Understands how computer technology is affecting agricultural practices
     7.Understands how chemical technology is affecting agricultural practices
     8.Understands how environmental technology is affecting agricultural practices
 Standard 9.  Understands how various technologies are used in the agricultural industry
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands topics of biotechnology (e.g., cloning, genetic engineering, medicine, vaccine and enzyme manufacturing)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as cloning
     2.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as genetic engineering
     3.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as medicine
     4.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as vaccine manufacturing
   Benchmark 2.Understands how biotechnology is used in the agricultural industry (e.g., disease prevention and treatment, protecting plants from insects, improving fermentation systems, developing low calorie foods and food substitutes, plant propagation through tissue cultures, producing plant hybrids, using growth stimulants in livestock, artificial insemination)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how biotechnology is used to prevent and treat disease
     2.Understands how biotechnology is used to protect plants from insects
     3.Understands how biotechnology is used to improve fermentation systems
     4.Understands how biotechnology is used to develop low calorie foods and food substitutes
     5.Understands how biotechnology is used to propagate plants through tissue cultures
     6.Understands how biotechnology is used to produce plant hybrids
     7.Understands how biotechnology is used to produce growth stimulants for livestock

Technology

 Standard 6.  Understands the nature and uses of different forms of technology
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that technology is used in medicine to prevent and cure disease (e.g., through vaccinations and medications)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that technology is used in medicine to prevent disease
     2.Knows that technology is used in medicine to cure disease
     3.Knows that technology prevents disease through vaccines
     4.Knows that technology cures disease through medication
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 2.Knows ways in which biotechnology results in benefits for humans, including more convenience, less labor, improved health and medicine, and improved food
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that biotechnology has benefited humans by resulting in more convenience
     2.Knows that biotechnology has benefited humans by reducing labor needs
     3.Knows that biotechnology has benefited humans by improving health and medicine
     4.Knows that biotechnology has benefited humans by improving food quality
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that genetic engineering is the process by which controlled changes in a genetic structure can be made and that this process is used to research and diagnose disease and create pharmaceuticals
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that genetic engineering is the process by which controlled changes in a genetic structure can be made
     2.Knows that genetic engineering is used to research and diagnose disease
     3.Knows that genetic engineering is used to create pharmaceuticals
   Benchmark 2.Knows that biotechnology is used in a variety of areas (e.g., agriculture, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, fuels and energy, the environment, genetic engineering) and requires specific scientific knowledge about the natural system being modified
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that biotechnology is used in a variety of areas
     2.Knows that biotechnology is used in agriculture
     3.Knows that biotechnology is used in pharmaceuticals
     4.Knows that biotechnology is used in food and beverage industries
     5.Knows that biotechnology is used in the energy industries
     6.Knows that biotechnology is used in relation environmental-related industries
     7.Knows that biotechnology is used in genetic engineering
     8.Knows that biotechnology requires specific scientific knowledge about the natural system being modified