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Creepy Silly Putty
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Students learn about viscoelastic material behavior, such as strain rate dependence and ...

Students learn about viscoelastic material behavior, such as strain rate dependence and creep, by using silly putty, an easy-to-make polymer material. They learn how to make silly putty, observe its behavior with different strain rates, and then measure the creep time of different formulations of silly putty. By seeing the viscoelastic behavior of silly putty, students start to gain an understanding of how biological materials function. Students gain experience in data collection, graph interpretation, and comparison of material properties to elucidate material behavior. It is recommended that students perform Part 1of the activity first (making and playing with silly putty), then receive the content and concept information in the associated lesson, and then complete Part 2 of the activity (experimenting and making measurements with silly putty).

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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Author:
Brandi N. Briggs
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Marissa H. Forbes
DNA Build
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Students reinforce their knowledge that DNA is the genetic material for all ...

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.

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Engineering
Genetics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Schroeder
DNA Forensics and Color Pigments
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Students perform DNA forensics using food coloring to enhance their understanding of ...

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.

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Education
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Mircea Ionescu
Myla Van Duyn
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,
DNA Forensics and Color Pigments
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Students perform DNA forensics using food coloring to enhance their understanding of ...

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.

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Engineering
Life Science
Genetics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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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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As a class, students work through an example showing how DNA provides ...

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.

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Engineering
Genetics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Frank Burkholder
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Designing a Robotic Surgical Device
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Student teams create laparoscopic surgical robots designed to reduce the invasiveness of ...

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.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Benjamin S. Terry, Brandi N. Briggs, Stephanie Rivale, Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Digestion Simulation
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To reinforce students' understanding of the human digestion process, the functions of ...

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.

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Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jacob Crosby
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Disease and Society in America, Fall 2005
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This course examines the growing importance of medicine in culture, economics and ...

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.

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Jones, David
Does My Model Valve Stack up to the Real Thing?
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Following the steps of the iterative engineering design process, student teams use ...

Following the steps of the iterative engineering design process, student teams use what they learned in the previous lessons and activity in this unit to research and choose materials for their model heart valves and test those materials to compare their properties to known properties of real heart valve tissues. Once testing is complete, they choose final materials and design and construct prototype valve models, then test them and evaluate their data. Based on their evaluations, students consider how they might redesign their models for improvement and then change some aspect of their models and retest aiming to design optimal heart valve models as solutions to the unit's overarching design challenge. They conclude by presenting for client review, in both verbal and written portfolio/report formats, summaries and descriptions of their final products with supporting data.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Michael Duplessis
VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University,
Elasticity & Young's Modulus for Tissue Analysis
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As part of the engineering design process to create testable model heart ...

As part of the engineering design process to create testable model heart valves, students learn about the forces at play in the human body to open and close aortic valves. They learn about blood flow forces, elasticity, stress, strain, valve structure and tissue properties, and Young's modulus, including laminar and oscillatory flow, stress vs. strain relationship and how to calculate Young's modulus. They complete some practice problems that use the equations learned in the lesson mathematical functions that relate to the functioning of the human heart. With this understanding, students are ready for the associated activity, during which they research and test materials and incorporate the most suitable to design, build and test their own prototype model heart valves.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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Author:
Michael Duplessis
VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University,
Electromagnetic Radiation
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Students are presented with a hypothetical scenario that delivers the unit's Grand ...

Students are presented with a hypothetical scenario that delivers the unit's Grand Challenge Question: To apply an understanding of nanoparticles to treat, detect and protect against skin cancer. Towards finding a solution, they begin the research phase by investigating the first research question: What is electromagnetic energy? Students learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, ultraviolet radiation (including UVA, UVB and UVC rays), photon energy, the relationship between wave frequency and energy (c = λν), as well as about the Earth's ozone-layer protection and that nanoparticles are being used for medical applications. The lecture material also includes information on photo energy and the dual particle/wave model of light. Students complete a problem set to calculate frequency and energy.

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Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Michelle Bell, Amber Spolarich
VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University,
Engineering Bones
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Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, ...

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.

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Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
Engineering a Mountain Rescue Litter
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Students build small-sized prototypes of mountain rescue litters rescue baskets for use ...

Students build small-sized prototypes of mountain rescue litters rescue baskets for use in hard-to-get-to places, such as mountainous terrain to evacuate an injured person (modeled by a potato) from the backcountry. Groups design their litters within constraints: they must be stable, lightweight, low-cost, portable and quick to assemble. Students demonstrate their designs in a timed test during which they assemble the litter and transport the rescued person (potato) over a set distance.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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Author:
Chelsea Heveran
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Engineering and the Human Body
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This unit covers the broad spectrum of topics that make-up our very ...

This unit covers the broad spectrum of topics that make-up our very amazing human body. Students are introduced to the space environment and learn the major differences between the environment on Earth and that of outer space. The engineering challenges that arise because of these discrepancies are also discussed. Then, students dive into the different components that make up the human body: muscles, bones and joints, the digestive and circulatory systems, the nervous and endocrine systems, the urinary system, the respiratory system, and finally the immune system. Students learn about the different types of muscles in the human body and the effects of microgravity on muscles. Also, they learn about the skeleton, the number of and types of bones in the body, and how outer space affects astronauts' bones. In the lessons on the digestive, circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems, students learn how these vital system work and the challenges faced by astronauts whose systems are impacted by spaceflight. And lastly, advances in engineering technology are discussed through the lessons on the urinary, respiratory and immune systems while students learn how these systems work with all the other body components to help keep the human body healthy.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Full Course
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Engineering the Heart: Heart Valves
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Students learn how healthy human heart valves function and the different diseases ...

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.

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Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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Author:
Ben Terry
Brandi Briggs
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Engineers Love Pizza, Too!
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In this service-learning engineering project, students follow the steps of the engineering ...

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.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
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.)
Feel Better Faster: All about Flow Rate
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All of us have felt sick at some point in our lives. ...

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.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Michelle Woods
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Feel Better Faster: All about Flow Rate
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All of us have felt sick at some point in our lives. ...

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.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Michelle Woods
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Floppy Heart Valves
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Students are presented with an engineering challenge that asks them to develop ...

Students are presented with an engineering challenge that asks them to develop a material and model that can be used to test the properties of aortic valves without using real specimens. Developing material that is similar to human heart valves makes testing easier for biomedical engineers because they can test new devices or ideas on the model valve instead of real heart valves, which can be difficult to obtain for research. To meet the challenge, students are presented with a variety of background information, are asked to research the topic to learn more specific information pertaining to the challenge, and design and build a (prototype) product. After students test their products and make modifications as needed, they convey background and product information in the form of portfolios and presentations to the potential buyer.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Michael Duplessis
VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University,
Forced to Fracture
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Students learn how forces affect the human skeletal system through fractures and ...

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.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Andrea Lee, Megan Ketchum
National Science Foundation GK-12 and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs,