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Learning Labs

life science

MedLab: Heart Disease

Work hands on with a human patient simulation robot, complete authentic medical tests and use an ultrasound simulator to diagnose and understand heart disease.

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

Illinois Learning Standards

11: A, B; 12: A; 13: A, B

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding and knowledge of medical sciences and related career paths.
  • Learn that an individual's health choices have direct effects on his/her own health.
  • Understand the connection between individual health and community health.
  • Be actively engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts, ideas and questions with peers and program facilitators.

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