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DNA Build
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DNA Build

Students reinforce their knowledge that DNA is the genetic material for all ... (more)

Students reinforce their knowledge that DNA is the genetic material for all living things by modeling it using toothpicks and gumdrops that represent the four biochemicals (adenine, thiamine, guanine, and cytosine) that pair with each other in a specific pattern, making a double helix. They investigate specific DNA sequences that code for certain physical characteristics such as eye and hair color. Student teams trade DNA "strands" and de-code the genetic sequences to determine the physical characteristics (phenotype) displayed by the strands (genotype) from other groups. Students extend their knowledge to learn about DNA fingerprinting and recognizing DNA alterations that may result in genetic disorders. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Schroeder
DNA Build
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DNA Build

Students reinforce their knowledge that DNA is the genetic material for all ... (more)

Students reinforce their knowledge that DNA is the genetic material for all living things by modeling it using toothpicks and gumdrops that represent the four biochemicals (adenine, thiamine, guanine, and cytosine) that pair with each other in a specific pattern, making a double helix. They investigate specific DNA sequences that code for certain physical characteristics such as eye and hair color. Student teams trade DNA "strands" and de-code the genetic sequences to determine the physical characteristics (phenotype) displayed by the strands (genotype) from other groups. Students extend their knowledge to learn about DNA fingerprinting and recognizing DNA alterations that may result in genetic disorders. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Schroeder
TeachEngineering.org
DNA Forensics and Color Pigments
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DNA Forensics and Color Pigments

Students perform DNA forensics using food coloring to enhance their understanding of ... (more)

Students perform DNA forensics using food coloring to enhance their understanding of DNA fingerprinting, restriction enzymes, genotyping and DNA gel electrophoresis. They place small drops of different food coloring ("water-based paint") on strips of filter paper and then place one paper strip end in water. As water travels along the paper strips, students observe the pigments that compose the paint decompose into their color components. This is an example of the chromatography concept applied to DNA forensics, with the pigments in the paint that define the color being analogous to DNA fragments of different lengths. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mircea Ionescu
Myla Van Duyn
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,
TeachEngineering.org
DNA: The Human Body Recipe
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DNA: The Human Body Recipe

As a class, students work through an example showing how DNA provides ... (more)

As a class, students work through an example showing how DNA provides the "recipe" for making our body proteins. They see how the pattern of nucleotide bases (adenine, thymine, guanine, cytosine) forms the double helix ladder shape of DNA, and serves as the code for the steps required to make genes. They also learn some ways that engineers and scientists are applying their understanding of DNA in our world. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Engineering
Life Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Frank Burkholder
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Teach Engineering
TeachEngineering.org
Designing a Robotic Surgical Device
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Designing a Robotic Surgical Device

Student teams create laparoscopic surgical robots designed to reduce the invasiveness of ... (more)

Student teams create laparoscopic surgical robots designed to reduce the invasiveness of diagnosing endometriosis and investigate how the disease forms and spreads. Using a synthetic abdominal cavity simulator, students test and iterate their remotely controlled, camera-toting prototype devices, which must fit through small incisions, inspect the organs and tissue for disease, obtain biopsies, and monitor via ongoing wireless image-taking. Note: This activity is the core design project for a semester-long, three-credit high school engineering course. Refer to the associated curricular unit for preparatory lessons and activities. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Benjamin S. Terry, Brandi N. Briggs, Stephanie Rivale, Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
TeachEngineering.org
Digestion Simulation
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Digestion Simulation

To reinforce students' understanding of the human digestion process, the functions of ... (more)

To reinforce students' understanding of the human digestion process, the functions of several stomach and small intestine fluids are analyzed, and the concept of simulation is introduced through a short, introductory demonstration of how these fluids work. Students learn what simulation means and how it relates to the engineering process, particularly in biomedical engineering. The teacher demo requires vinegar, baking soda, water and aspirin. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Life Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jacob Crosby
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
Disease and Society in America, Fall 2005
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Disease and Society in America, Fall 2005

This course examines the growing importance of medicine in culture, economics and ... (more)

This course examines the growing importance of medicine in culture, economics and politics. It uses an historical approach to examine the changing patterns of disease, the causes of morbidity and mortality, the evolution of medical theory and practice, the development of hospitals and the medical profession, the rise of the biomedical research industry, and the ethics of health care in America. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jones, David
Engineering Bones
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Engineering Bones

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, ... (more)

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, specifically the concept of artificial limbs. Students relate the skeleton as a structural system, focusing on the leg as structural necessity. They learn about the design considerations involved in the creation of artificial limbs, including materials and sensors. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
TeachEngineering.org
Engineering the Heart: Heart Valves
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Engineering the Heart: Heart Valves

Students learn how healthy human heart valves function and the different diseases ... (more)

Students learn how healthy human heart valves function and the different diseases that can affect heart valves. They also learn about devices and procedures that biomedical engineers have designed to help people with damaged or diseased heart valves. Students learn about the pros and cons of different materials and how doctors choose which engineered artificial heart valves are appropriate for certain people. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Terry
Brandi Briggs
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
TeachEngineering.org
Engineers Love Pizza, Too!
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Engineers Love Pizza, Too!

In this service-learning engineering project, students follow the steps of the engineering ... (more)

In this service-learning engineering project, students follow the steps of the engineering design process to design an assistive eating device for a client. More specifically, they design a prototype device to help a young girl who has a medical condition that restricts the motion of her joints. Her wish is to eat her favorite food, pizza, without getting her nose wet. Students learn about arthrogryposis and how it affects the human body as they act as engineers to find a solution to this open-ended design challenge and build a working prototype. This project works even better if you arrange for a client in your own community. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Eszter Horanyi
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jonathan MacNeil
Malinda Zarske
M. Travis O'Hair
Stephanie Rivale, Brandi Briggs (This activity was taught at Skyline High School in Longmont, CO. A special thanks to Sarah Delaney and Jordian Summers for their help in developing this activity.)
TeachEngineering.org
Feel Better Faster: All about Flow Rate
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Feel Better Faster: All about Flow Rate

All of us have felt sick at some point in our lives. ... (more)

All of us have felt sick at some point in our lives. Many times, we find ourselves asking, "What is the quickest way that I can start to feel better?" During this two-lesson unit, students study that question and determine which form of medicine delivery (pill, liquid, injection/shot) offers the fastest relief. This challenge question serves as a real-world context for learning all about flow rates. Students study how long various prescription methods take to introduce chemicals into our blood streams, as well as use flow rate to determine how increasing a person's heart rate can theoretically make medicines work more quickly. Students are introduced to engineering devices that simulate what occurs during the distribution of antibiotic cells in the body. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Michelle Woods
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Forced to Fracture
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Forced to Fracture

Students learn how forces affect the human skeletal system through fractures and ... (more)

Students learn how forces affect the human skeletal system through fractures and why certain bones are more likely to break than others depending on their design and use in the body. They learn how engineers and doctors collaborate to design effective treatments with consideration for the location, fracture severity and patient age, as well as the use of biocompatible materials. Learning the lesson content prepares students for the associated activity in which they test small animal bones to failure and then design treatment repair plans. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrea Lee, Megan Ketchum
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,
TeachEngineering.org
The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells, Fall 2007
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The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells, Fall 2007

" During development, the genetic content of each cell remains, with a ... (more)

" During development, the genetic content of each cell remains, with a few exceptions, identical to that of the zygote. Most differentiated cells therefore retain all of the genetic information necessary to generate an entire organism. It was through pioneering technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) that this concept was experimentally proven. Only 10 years ago the sheep Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult organism, demonstrating that the differentiated state of a mammalian cell can be fully reversible to a pluripotent embryonic state. A key conclusion from these experiments was that the difference between pluripotent cells such as embryonic stem (ES) cells and unipotent differentiated cells is solely a consequence of reversible changes. These changes, which have proved to involve reversible alterations to both DNA and to proteins that bind DNA, are known as epigenetic, to distinguish them from genetic alterations to DNA sequence. In this course we will explore such epigenetic changes and study different approaches that can return a differentiated cell to an embryonic state in a process referred to as epigenetic reprogramming, which will ultimately allow generation of patient-specific stem cells and application to regenerative therapy. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching." (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Meissner, Alexander
Genomic Medicine, Spring 2004
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Genomic Medicine, Spring 2004

This course reviews the key genomic technologies and computational approaches that are ... (more)

This course reviews the key genomic technologies and computational approaches that are driving advances in prognostics, diagnostics, and treatment. Throughout the semester, emphasis will return to issues surrounding the context of genomics in medicine including: what does a physician need to know? what sorts of questions will s/he likely encounter from patients? how should s/he respond? Lecturers will guide the student through real world patient-doctor interactions. Outcome considerations and socioeconomic implications of personalized medicine are also discussed. The first part of the course introduces key basic concepts of molecular biology, computational biology, and genomics. Continuing in the informatics applications portion of the course, lecturers begin each lecture block with a scenario, in order to set the stage and engage the student by showing: why is this important to know? how will the information presented be brought to bear on medical practice? The final section presents the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genomic medicine. A vision of how genomic medicine relates to preventative care and public health is presented in a discussion forum with the students where the following questions are explored: what is your level of preparedness now? what challenges must be met by the healthcare industry to get to where it needs to be? (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kohane, Isaac
The Heart of Our Cardiovascular System
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The Heart of Our Cardiovascular System

Students learn about the heart and its role at the center of ... (more)

Students learn about the heart and its role at the center of the human cardiovascular system. In the associated activity, students play out a scenario in which they are biomedical engineers asked to design artificial hearts. They learn about the path of blood flow through the heart and use that knowledge to evaluate designs of artificial hearts on the market. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Angela D. Kolonich
Bio-Inspired Technology and Systems (BITS) RET,
TeachEngineering.org
High Arches, Low Arches
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High Arches, Low Arches

A main concern of shoe engineers is creating shoes that provide the ... (more)

A main concern of shoe engineers is creating shoes that provide the right amount of arch support to prevent (or fix) common gait misalignments that lead to injury. During this activity, students look at their own footprints and determine whether they have either of the two most prominent gait misalignments: overpronation (collapsing arches) or supination (high arches). Knowing the shape of a person's foot, and their natural arch movement is necessary to design shoes to fix these gain alignments. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Eszter Horanyi
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
TeachEngineering.org
Highlighting the Neuron
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Highlighting the Neuron

In this lesson on the brain's neural networks, students investigate the structure ... (more)

In this lesson on the brain's neural networks, students investigate the structure and function of the neuron. They discover ways in which engineers apply this knowledge to the development of devices that can activate neurons. After a review of the nervous system—specifically its organs, tissue, and specialized cells, called neurons—students learn about the parts of the neuron. They explore the cell body, dendrites, axon and axon terminal, and learn how these structures enable neurons to send messages. They learn about the connections between engineering and other fields of study, and the importance of research, as they complete the lesson tasks. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janelle Orange
Robotics Engineering for Better Life and Sustainable Future RET,
TeachEngineering.org
How Antibiotics Work
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How Antibiotics Work

Students are introduced to a challenge question. Towards answering the question, they ... (more)

Students are introduced to a challenge question. Towards answering the question, they generate ideas for what they need to know about medicines and how they move through our bodies, watch a few short videos to gain multiple perspectives, and then learn lecture material to obtain a basic understanding of how antibiotics kill bacteria in the human body. They learn why different forms of medicine (pill, liquid or shot) get into the blood stream at different speeds. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Michelle Woods
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Precipitate!
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If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Precipitate!

Students continue the research begun in the associated lesson as if they ... (more)

Students continue the research begun in the associated lesson as if they were biomedical engineers working for a pharmaceutical company. Groups each perform a simple chemical reaction (to precipitate solid calcium out of solution) to observe what may occur when Osteopontin levels drop in the body. With this additional research, students determine potential health complications that might arise from a new drug that could reduce inflammatory pain in many patients, improving their quality of life. The goal of this activity is to illustrate biomedical engineering as medical problem solving, as well as emphasize the importance of maintaining normal body chemistry. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Angela D. Kolonich
Bio-Inspired Technology and Systems (BITS) RET,
TeachEngineering.org
Inside the DNA
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Inside the DNA

Students conduct their own research to discover and understand the methods designed ... (more)

Students conduct their own research to discover and understand the methods designed by engineers and used by scientists to analyze or validate the molecular structure of DNA, proteins and enzymes, as well as basic information about gel electrophoresis and DNA identification. In this computer-based activity, students investigate particular molecular imaging technologies, such as x-ray, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and create short PowerPoint presentations that address key points. The presentations include their own explanations of the difference between molecular imaging and gel electrophoresis. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mircea Ionescu
Myla Van Duyn
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,
TeachEngineering.org