Pharmaceuticals and Beyond
2016-17 The Project
For this project, students first brainstormed drugs they had heard of in their day to day lives (both illicit and pharmaceuticals). We watched commercials for different pharmaceuticals, we brainstormed which drugs were most important to students, and students chose a group to research further.
Students from E3 Civic High
An interactive exhibition piece designed to help students understand how their drug actually works, what we do and do not know about it, and to link their drug to mental health at all ages.
Students Ryan Gardiner, Dylan Lucia, and Stefan Stojanovic produced a video about the rise in drug culture in the US.
2015-16 The Project
Students were tasked with learning about how we interact with drugs, either prescription or recreational. They designed products to hold a health fair, and interviewed a long-term pharmaceutical user (any type of pharmaceuticals). Their products ranged widely, and we held a health fair for the public as a final exhibition.
Some students created informative posters, others created documentaries (see and example at left), while others created art pieces related to the topics. See the pictures below for more.
We also watched a few commercials for drugs and talked about marketing of drugs to the public. We read the book Caffeinated and looked at how we become addicted, what defines a drug, and how they are marketed. Students then created infomercials for drugs - if they told the truth. Scroll to the bottom of the page for examples of the commercials.
As part of this project, each student needed to interview someone who had used pharmaceuticals long-term. The interviews ranged from fellow students to adults, and were a great way for students to think about side effects, dietary restrictions, and positive outcomes of pharmaceuticals. Below are a few examples of these interviews.
Here are some examples of the student commercials!
Products for exhibition
In addition to the documentaries, a variety of other products were created for exhibition. Here are a few more examples!