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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 and defining problems
  • 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:

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

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Middle School

LS 1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

ETS2: Links among engineering, technology science and society

High School

LS 1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS 3: Heredity: inheritance and variation of traits

ETS2: Links among engineering, technology science and society

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of medicine, physiology and anatomy.
  • Learn 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.
  • Actively engage 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 was supported by the Office Of The Director, National Institutes Of Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25OD011192. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.