The Impact of Diseases

For the first Disease Action Project, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question:

How do we map the impact of diseases in our body systems?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

You are a medical specialist who has been asked to present a patient case study at a national conference for other doctors and medical specialists. The panel of organizers is interested in hearing stories about individual patients, and their experiences with preventable diseases.Using your research from Unit 1, create a patient profile and an anatomical drawing, based on a real or fictional person, that allows your audience to experience what it’s like to have the disease you researched.

Please click on diagram to the right to see the students’ profiles on different diseases.

Alignment with Common Core Math & NextGen Standards

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.SSE.A.1.B Interpret complicated expressions by viewing one or more of their parts as a single entity. For example, interpret P(1+r)n as the product of P and a factor not depending on P.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.SSE.A.1.A Interpret parts of an expression, such as terms, factors, and coefficients.

HS-LS1-4. Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms

HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

Student Projects