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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 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: Grown and Development of Organisms 

ETS 2: 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 

ETS 2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society 

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-generated thoughts, ideas and questions with peers and program facilitators.

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.