Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 3- Bioengineering (Rising 2nd/3rd)
Today in bioengin”EAR”ing, students were given an engineering challenge to design a technology to help someone that was losing their hearing. Using the engineering design method, students started asking what is a sound wave which led us to exploring waves with a slinky, marshmallows, and tuning fork. We next explored the ear and learned how the parts of the ear funnels sound waves to a special membrane, bones, and finally to hair cells in the cochlea that send a message to the brain. By using old versions of ear trumpets for inspiration, students were able to design new devices to help someone hear. The last part of class was spent learning about cochlear implants and seeing the impact this technology has on a person’s life. Ask your student about the toddler that was able to hear his mommy’s voice for the first time due to this amazing technology! See you tomorrow when we learn about a very special dolphin and the role bioengineering helped in her survival.