Artificial Lung and Diaphragm

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She had a terribly busy day converting oxygen into carbon dioxide; now she just needs a moment to breathe. In the activity, scholars review the function of the respiratory system and discuss bioengineering's role in medicine/health and well being. Groups of learners design a best-fit model of an artificial lung and diaphragm, testing for its ability to work and its capacity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Activity best fits after teaching respiratory system or body systems
Classroom Considerations
  • Materials include various lengths of tube per group; rest of the materials can be found in the classroom or at home
  • Activity is best for higher-level middle school learners and high school students
  • Activity provides opening and concluding questions to facilitate class discussion
  • The instructor preparation guide reviews the respiratory system and lung diseases 
  • Includes student handouts and keys 
  • None
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