Spring SAVY 2017, Day 1- No Quick Fix
With the introduction of No Quick Fix, two tantalizing questions were raised for my students to discuss: What would the world be like without any doctors or medicine? And, is the human body in the modern age a quick fix or difficult to treat? I was pleased to hear that many students did not think we would enter some pre-apocalyptic world without medicine and would instead relearn how to use plants for their medicinal properties.
Before learning about the human body systems, the class worked in groups to understand and give examples of what a system is and how we use systems to represent the world around us. After defining systems in the classroom, the class was tasked with creating their own system and defining its properties and function. My students designed systems ranging from musical instruments to the starship Enterprise, holodeck included.
Finally, we learned about several key human body systems and discussed how they fit into the definitions of a system. We also determined how systems such as the nervous, respiratory, and digestive system could interact with each other and break down. This understanding will become important when the class measures outputs from these different systems through clinical testing.
I look forward to seeing everyone again this Saturday as we start to investigate the use of diagnostics and data in the medical field.