SummaryHuman beings are fascinating and complex living organisms—a symphony of different functional systems working in concert. Through a 10-lesson series with hands-on activities students are introduced to seven systems of the human body—skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, sensory, and reproductive—as well as genetics. At every stage, they are also introduced to engineers' creative, real-world involvement in caring for the human body.
Engineers are increasingly involved in design for the human body. Biomedical engineers create artificial limbs using materials and sensors to replicate natural function and movement. Understanding the muscular system enables engineers to design everyday tools, appliances and products. Other engineers design medical solutions to improve health and address disorders. This may take the form of devices, implants, machines, medicines and technologies (diagnostic equipment, pacemakers, surgical techniques, hearing aids, laser eye surgery, ultrasound, amniocentesis, in-vitro fertilization, pain medicine). Engineers also apply their understanding of DNA to numerous real-world applications. As part of their design work, engineers create flow charts, prototypes and models, and make technical presentations, to learn, test and communicate their work.
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Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards.
All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standards Network (ASN), a project of D2L (www.achievementstandards.org).
In the ASN, standards are hierarchically structured: first by source; e.g., by state; within source by type; e.g., science or mathematics; within type by subtype, then by grade, etc.
- Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. (Grades 6 - 8) Details... View more aligned curriculum... Do you agree with this alignment? Thanks for your feedback!
Overview of topics by lesson: 1) skeletal system, 2) muscular system, 3) circulatory system, 4) respiratory system, 5) digestive system, 6) auditory-hearing sensory system, 7) vision sensory system, 8) reproductive system, 9) genetics, and 10) skeletal system.
- Day 1: Engineering Bones lesson
- Day 1-3: Prosthetic Party: Build and Test Replacement Legs activity
- Day 4-5: Sticks and Stones Will Break That Bone! activity
- Day 6: Muscles, Oh My! lesson
- Day 7: The Artificial Bicep activity
- Day 8-9: Measuring Our Muscles activity
- Day 10: Body Circulation lesson
- Day 11: Clearing a Path to the Heart activity
- Day 12: Breathe In, Breathe Out lesson
- Day 12-13: Polluted Air = Polluted Lungs activity
- Day 14: Digestion Simulation lesson
- Day 15: Protect That Pill activity
- Day 16: My Mechanical Ear Can Hear! lesson
- Day 17: Sounds All Around activity
- Day 18: Biomedical Devices for the Eyes lesson
- Day 19: Protect Those Eyes activity
- Day 20: We've Come a Long Way, Baby! lesson
- Day 20-21: You're the Expert activity
- Day 22: DNA: The Human Body Recipe lesson
- Day 23: Who Robbed the Bank? activity
- Day 24: DNA Build activity
- Day 25: Bone Fractures and Engineering lesson
- Day 26-30: Repairing Broken Bones activity (requires multiple 60-minute periods to complete; suggest 60 minutes on five different days)
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