6th Grade Science Class Researches Modern Bacterial Pandemic

Last Friday, Middle School science teacher Sara Moldofsky’s 6th grade class gave presentations on antibiotic resistance. Student topics included: “What is antibiotic resistance?”, “How is antibiotic resistance related to evolution and natural selection?”, “How does antibiotic resistance develop?”, “Why is antibiotic resistance bad for society as a whole?”, “What are some examples of antibiotic resistant infections?”, and, “How can we help to address this problem?”

The presentations came as a culmination of the 6th graders unit on evolution and natural selection, during which they discussed Darwin and his voyage on The Beagle, as well as speciation, animal adaptations and artificial selection. The students’ research of antibiotic resistance challenged them to consider modern-day evolutionary change, one that is often brought up in the news and is a major part of current scientific inquiry. “As more and more species of bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, there are an increasing number of infections that doctors are no longer able to treat. In the United States, that is more than 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths per year, according to a 2018 CDC study,” Ms. Moldofsky said, emphasizing the importance of the lesson.

Next up, students in her science class will be studying the human body and organ systems, starting with the digestive system.