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.