Week 12 – Summary

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Week 12

 For the last twelve weeks, we have covered many topics: the human body, central nervous system, our brain, cardiovascular system, our lungs, digestive system, skeletal system, muscular system, homeostasis, medical terminology, microbots and robots in surgery. 

We have covered how our body functions as a whole while going through the different systems our body encompasses. Each system or part functions to perform a task whether it’s our lungs which allow us to breath, our blood to transport nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, the skeletal system to give us the support our body needs, our muscles that give us proper strength or how homeostasis work to give our body the balance it needs.  They each perform a task in and of itself but work together as a whole to allow us to function from day to day.  

Furthermore, we talked about the robot brain and how it relates to the human brain.  This is the command center of both our body and the robot’s brain.  They both allow us to make critical and thoughtful decisions while the wires act much like our spinal cord sending messages from the brain to the motors and sensors. As we have learned about our body and how everything must function as a whole, our robot works in the same way.  We need the robot communicating clearly and effectively to all the sensors or motors and a build that is structurally and foundational strong in order to perform the desired task successfully.



 Grab a notebook or your journal and research the following: 

Today, we are going to talk a little bit about the process a doctor goes through to diagnose. Check out this video Medical Diagnosis: How doctors analyze symptoms to make diagnosis and journal what a doctor needs to know before making a diagnosis.

Knowing how much information a doctor needs from his/her patients, do you feel a robot could help assist with a diagnosis? Some people believe a robot could help find a diagnosis more quickly and figure out the odds of when someone might need to get medical help.  Check out the following article: 

How to Improve Medical Diagnosis Using Machine Learning

Whether you feel robots or humans are better equipped to diagnose and understand the human body best, our World is pushing outside its norm and creating new ways of doing things including creating robots to help assist in the medical world. Are you ready to meet one the next time you need medical attention? Human vs Robot | 60 Minutes Australia


 Group – Let’s have some fun. As a group secretly decide what medical diagnosis you want to display for the class. You will need to research symptoms, medical terms, a treatment plan, specific doctors that specialize in this treatment, and any new technology in the news that assist with the issue you chose. For example, my diagnosis is psoriatic arthritis. My specialist doctor is a rheumatologist. My symptoms are joint pain, joint swelling, morning stiffness in my feet, dry scaly patches of skin on my elbows and scalp.  Your classmates will receive everything but the diagnosis from you and they have to google and try to figure out your diagnosis with the information you give them (symptoms, specialist, etc) Have fun and make your classmates think and even try to just give them a little bit of information at a time. 

 Individual – Have you ever been given some information about a friend, yourself or loved one and overreacted because you didn’t get the whole story? Did you start some rumors or gossip about the little information you were given and then it blew up in your face? It is quite embarrassing to make a mistake or overreact, isn’t it? Do you recall what can help you not overreact?  First, take a few deep breaths before opening your mouth or texting really can make a difference. Getting more oxygen to your brain can help you think more rationally and make a better choice. Second, before you post to social media, open your mouth or comment, THINK. 

Action for Happiness has some activities to try and help make the world a kinder and happier place. Go online and pick an activity to try next. Add to your journal the THINK acrostic and ten keys to happier living.  Try an activity from their website. Will your next activity, future career or next project help make this World a kinder place and give you joy? Download the Action for Happiness calendar at the beginning of each month and try out the activity for the day and see how it can make a difference in your heart and life. Action for Happiness Calendars 

BEST connection 

Go back through all the lessons and write a couple of interesting facts that relate that lesson to BEST and see if you can find the pattern of the relationship between the lessons and BEST robotics and the human body. Is there something that stands out to you?

bESTology is an overview of the theme of the competition without telling you exactly what the competition is all about. See if you can try to find the theme of bESTology and what are we trying to teach you.

Write down all the different themes of bESTology and when the game is revealed, compare your notes to the actual game.

You will find a lot of information and some of the answers in the resources from each lesson.

Community Connection

When we come together, we really can make a better impact on this World and make it better but it is a choice we must take each day. We have to choose our attitudes, weather to complete our classwork on time, whether to study and even to do our chores. If we don’t complete one of those tasks, things fall apart, we may not pass a class or we fall so far behind it seems impossible to get caught up.  Each robot you build will have some failures and you will fail a relationship or two because of your selfishness and laziness. But we all do. It is human nature to make a mistake, we just have to fix it and do better next time. Is there anyone you need to make amends with? Do you need to apologize? Do you need to make healthier choices? Do you need to make a reminder to stop yourself, breathe, and THINK before your next decision? Your choice could be life and death for a friend, someone on social media or someone on the street as you drive. With all your responsibilities, you have to remember you have the ability to choose your response in everything you do. What will you choose; to make the world a kinder and happier place or wreak havoc and hurt those around you? You have so much good in you; choose joy, choose kindness, and choose to THINK. 


Bloom’s Taxonomy: create, explore, evaluate, generate, include, identify, list, observe, reflect, review, use, and write

Workforce Skills – list workforce skills related to this lesson

Critical thinking, materials evaluation, reading comprehension, science, writing, research