Sophomore / STEAM / Global Health

How do you heal? In the Cure course, you will study revolutions in the history of Western medicine through three units of study: emergency, treatment, and prevention. While each unit focuses on an advancement in Western medicine, the External Investigations provide opportunities to explore case studies of people who have been cured through a variety of methods, including practices such as acupuncture and yoga. As a parallel to bringing a body into balance, you will work to bring linear and quadratic equations into balance, as well as applying your knowledge of functions to nutrition and health.

Course Units

  • How do we cure in case of emergency?

    In Emergency, the first unit, we will consider surgery as a primal method of healing in western medicine. Surgery lead us to an understanding of the different anatomic systems, organs and tissues.

    In this first unit, the Science will focus on the structure & function of the human cells. the Math will be a review of functions and variables, as an introduction to systems of equations.

    The Action Project will challenge you to map a chosen surgery, by presenting the type of cells affected by the procedure and explaining the process of healing that takes place.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • What are the foundations of medicine?
    • What is surgery, and why is it used as a last resource?
    • How does the body react to surgery?
  • How do we treat the symptoms & the causes?

    In Treatment, our second unit, we will investigate the revolution that happened in Western Medicine with the discovery of penicillin, opening a world of new treatments for previously incurable diseases.

    In Science, we will focus on how antibiotics and other common medicines work and how they chemically react with elements of our bodies. We will also practice balancing chemical equations that help understand those processes.

    In Math, we will study more complex equations, specifically how to analyze and solve quadratic equations using different methods. This way, we will be studying equations from both a chemical and a mathematical perspective, with many connections between Math & Science.

    The Action Project will challenge you to create & animate a fictional dialogue, having as characters a commonly used medicine and the different parts of the body that interact with it. Throughout the dialogue, Mathematical & Scientific concepts must be demonstrated.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • What are the principles of treatment?
    • How can different treatments complement each other?
    • How does the body interact with a single pill?
  • How do we prevent, so cure is unnecessary?

    In Prevention, our third and last unit, we will investigate the revolution that happened in Western Medicine with the discovery of vaccines, suddenly turning medicine to the direction of prevention.

    In Science, we will focus on how vaccines work, as well as on the basics of nutrition, which considers healthy food as the best medicine.

    In Math, we will proceed with our study of equations, connecting them with real-life scenarios.

    The Action Project will become your own prevention doctor, scripting a consultation in which you play the roles of both patient and doctor.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Is prevention the best form of cure?
    • How does alternative medicine see prevention?
    • How may you become your own prevention doctor?