Learning Labs

life science

MedLab: Asthma

Diagnose and understand asthma as you complete authentic medical tests, use a microscope, and work hands-on with a high-tech human patient simulation robot.

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About the lab

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $120
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Middle School
LS 1: Structure, function and information processing
LS 1: Growth, development and reproduction of organisms
LS 1: Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems

High School
LS 1: Structure and function
LS 1: Inheritance and variation of traits

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding and knowledge of medical sciences and related career paths.
  • Learn that one's health choices have direct effect on one's own health.
  • Understand the connection between individual health and community health.
  • Actively engage in hands-on, inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-related thoughts, ideas and questions with peers and program facilitators.

This program was developed under a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health.