What a Face: Lesson Plan

Facial-recognition technology can reveal both positive and negative impacts of behaviors on your future health.

UNC-TV Media

Alignment to NC Essential Standards

  • 9.PCH.1.7 — Health

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will describe facial-recognition technology.
  2. Students will describe the potential of facial analytics as a health-care tool.

Essential Questions

  1. List two health behaviors that can affect your facial features.
  2. Describe why long-term smoking can lead to wrinkles.



Students will view the video What a Face.




  1. What is facial recognition, and how does it work?
  2. What are two health behaviors discussed in the video that can affect facial features?
  3. What specific impact does long-term smoking have that can lead to wrinkles in certain facial areas?
  4. Critical Thinking: In the video, Dr. Ricanek says he “can see nothing but how we can help humanity with (facial-recognition) technology.” Do you agree? Why or why not?