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