This unit covers the scientific field of Biochemistry: the study of chemistry related to the functioning of living organisms. You will first learn about the types of molecules present in organisms, such as carbohydrates and proteins, which are known as biomolecules. The unit goes in-depth to explain how the biological processes of an organism are kept in equilibrium and what occurs when that biochemistry is disrupted. In addition, you will explore the ways in which the immune system works in fighting off pathogens and other conditions that affect the normal functioning of a living organism. This unit also discusses food intake and health and provides you with the opportunity to keep a journal that tracks your daily intake of food.
For the final project of this unit, you will use your food journal to analyze and compare your own food intake with a healthy diet. This will allow you to create a recommendation sheet for dietary changes based on your discoveries.
The Age 12-14 semester 1 science units require materials from the Semester 1 Science Kit.