Learning Labs

life science

MedLab: Diabetes

Complete authentic medical tests using professional lab tools and work hands on with a state-of-the-art human patient simulation robot to diagnose and understand diabetes.

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
Constructing explanations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

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

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS 1: From molecules to organisms: structures and processes
LS 3: Heredity: inheritance and variation of traits

Illinois Learning Standards

6: C, D; 7: A, C; 11: A, B; 12: A, B; 13: A, B; 22: A, B, C; 23: A, B; 24: B

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of medicine, physiology and anatomy.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how personal choices impact community health issues.
  • Gain a greater understanding of, and increased interest in, a range of health and science careers that impact community and individual health.
  • Feel empowered to take initiative in improving personal, family and/or community health.
  • Be actively engaged in inquiry-based, hands-on science investigation.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Communicate using terminology/vocabulary accurately.
  • Analyze test results, develop a diagnosis and suggest treatment for illness.

This program is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health.