The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity. It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century.
Students then complete an online training module titled "Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity."
Students will gain an understanding of how invasive species affect natural ecosystems and agricultural systems and that there are several agencies and individuals that monitor for invasive species.
National Science Education Life Science Standards
- Grades 9-12: Human beings live within the world's ecosystems. Increasingly, humans modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, technology, and consumption. Human destruction of habitats through direct harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening current global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems will be irreversibly affected.
Sunshine State Standards
- SC.912.L.17.8: Recognize the consequences of the losses of biodiversity due to catastrophic events, climate changes, human activity, and the introduction of invasive, non-native species.
- The scripted presentation can be downloaded from www.protectingusnow.org. Be sure to go over the text ahead of time, tweaking it as you need to for your audience. In addition, all 3 activities are included in the presentation, so be sure to remove the ones you do not wish to do.
- Reserve the computer lab.
- You will need to check that your school does not have the site blocked. You will also need to make sure that the appropriate Flash plug-in is downloaded on the computers you intend to use. You may need to contact your IT person for help with this if it requires an administrator’s password to download free software from the web.
The activity can be found on Page 7 of the PDF linked below.
- The students will need access to a computer (with internet) and a printer for this activity.
- The link to the module can be found at www.protectingusnow.org, under K-12 Lesson Plans. Choose “Click to take the e-learning module”.
- Students will need to have their own email address so that they can create an account to take the module. See the attached PDF for additional info on creating accounts.