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ERIC Number: EJ907055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
See the Math behind the Medicine
Saunders, Marnie M.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v16 n4 p240-246 Nov 2010
To promote math and science, this author designed an activity to show students that biomedical fields are within their reach. The activity has three distinct goals: (1) To introduce the field of biomedical engineering to students and encourage them in these career pursuits; (2) To give them hands-on experience conducting a biomechanical test; and (3) To use math and science to analyze data and answer a real-world question: Does knotting a suture (the fiber used to stitch an incision closed) strengthen or weaken it? This article describes how this activity was implemented at the fifth-grade level. It also describes how to develop and implement a suture activity for a high school classroom. (Contains 4 figures.)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail: orders@nctm.org; Web site: http://www.nctm.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky