Biomedical Engineering is the fourth unit to be released from the Issues and Science, Third Edition from SEPUP at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkley. It has been developed for full alignment to the NGSS performance expectations and the pedagogical shift outlined in the Frameworks.
It is a 2-3 week middle school unit focusing on the practice of a specific kind of engineer who uses technology, mathematics, and knowledge of biological systems to solve biological or medical problems. Biomedical Engineering is fully aligned to the three dimensions of the NGSS and bundles the following Performance Expectations:
- Performance Expectation MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
- Performance Expectation MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- Performance Expectation MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
- Performance Expectation MS-ETS1-4: Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.