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Grades 6 - 8

Summer 2019: S208F13 - Experimental Medical Biology 2


Experimental Medical Biology 2 – Digestion, Brain, and Senses
This course teaches medical biology with a focus on human anatomy and physiology by studying the structure, function, and performance of the human body through laboratory experimentation and investigation. Students will cover topics concerning the digestive and nervous systems with additional focus on the sensory organs. Example activities include conducting dissections of a sheep brain and cow eye and testing the senses.




The Ardent Medical Biology program is composed of four laboratory-based courses that investigate the structure and function of the human body with practical applications in medicine, health care, pharmaceuticals, fitness, and laboratory diagnostics. Each course will teach students how to design experiments using the scientific method and collect data using technology such as Vernier sensory probes.  By measuring the activity of the upper respiratory tract, lungs, heart, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system, students will learn how the human body adapts to stress, physical activities, and diseases, as well as the theories and practices underlying medical diagnosis. The classes may be taken in any order.

Medical Biology 1 – Blood, Heart, and Lungs

Medical Biology 2 – Digestion, Brain, and Senses

Medical Biology 3 – Skin, Muscles, and Bones

Medical Biology 4 – Diseases and Biotechnology



  • For students interested in Science Olympiad competition, this program offers in-depth preparation for the Division B Anatomy and Physiology event.
  • For students interested in entering science fairs, this program enables students to complete a science fair project in the categories of Medical Biology, Human Biology & Health, Mammalian Biology, and Medical Biotechnology.
  • For students interested in pursuing advanced studies in biology, medicine, or other health science related fields, the program provides a broad introduction to anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases, and biotechnology.


Course Features

The primary instructional methodology is Project-Based Learning (PBL) in which students gain knowledge and skills by working on labs and conducting independent investigations following the scientific method. Each student will complete a final project and share their discoveries in a mini-science fair on the last day of class. Students will also have the option of improving and entering their final projects into science fair competitions.

“The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.” Ernest H. Starling, Physiologist (1926)

Here is the class outline:

1. Welcome to Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth

2. Lesson 1: Digestive System

3. Lesson 2: Nutrition & Digestion

4. Lesson 3: The Brain

5. Lesson 4: Nervous System

6. Lesson 6: Vision

7. Lesson 5: Eye Structure

8. Lesson 7: Hearing & Balance

9. Lesson 8: Smell & Taste

10. Lesson 9: Touch

11. Lesson 10: Final Presentations

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