Diagnostic Detectives is a freely accessible offering of medical STEM activities designed for students in grades 6–8 by TheInternational Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. The experiments and design challenges are presented in five chapters: (1) “Seeing Double: How Perception Works,” (2) “Creating a Cure-All: Make Your Own Medicine,” (3) “The Good and the Bad: Grow Your Own Bacteria,” (4) “Lending a Hand: Make Your Own Prosthesis,” and (5) “The Artificial Heart,” an engineering design challenge. All of the activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Each activity includes a list of materials and instructions with pictures to guide students along the way. While a few activities require specific items, most of the materials can be substituted with other household items or craft supplies. Students are invited to “Get Social” and share their progress with the museum.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.
Argonne National Laboratory is expanding its digital presence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with two channels aimed specifically at students and teachers: STEAMville and a new education-focused Instagram account.
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has created an online version of its popular activity “Determining and Measuring Earth’s Layered Interior” to challenge students to use evidence in the form of earthquake data to understand the Earth’s interior layers.