Strand II
Reflect on the Nature, Adequacy, and Connections Across Scientific Knowledge


Science/Strand II
Content Standard 1
All students will analyze claims for their scientific merit and explain how scientists decide what constitutes scientific knowledge; how science is related to other ways of knowing; how science and technology affect our society; and how people of diverse cultures have contributed to and influenced developments in science. (Reflecting on Scientific Knowledge)


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1
High School


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/High School
Benchmark 5
Explain the social and economic advantages and risks of new technology.

Benchmark Clarification

Students will evaluate the relationship between the benefits that technology can provide and the risks that it presents.

Key Concept / Real World Context / Resources


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/High School/Benchmark 5
Key Concept
Cost-benefit analysis.

See SCI.IV.1.HS.1 — Household and agricultural materials

See SCI.V.1.HS.4 — Resource Use

See SCI.III.5.HS.6 — Effects of urban development and agriculture on ecosystems

See SCI.V.3.HS.4 — Air Pollution

See SCI.V.2.HS.2 — Water Pollution


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/High School/Benchmark 5
Real World Context
Issues related to new technologies, including health-care, transportation, communications, manufacturing, information, and media


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/High School/Benchmark 5