Story Line: A patient has a movement disorder, Parkinson's Disease, and can no longer control her movements with medication. The patient visits a neurologist who assesses the severity of the movement disorder. Then the neurologist recommend surgery and the patient visits Dr. Vanessa Mei for the next three steps of the five step process. Dr. Mei inserts the fiducials in the skull. Fiducials are screw-like, non-moving guides that the GPS locating system uses to help guide the surgeon to the correct locations in the brain. Several days after the fiducials are in, Dr. Mei begins surgery to insert an electrode in the patient's brain to control unwanted movement. The third step of the process has Dr. Mei inserting the battery packs for the electronic pulse device near the patient's collarbones. Finally, the patient returns to the neurologist who activates and calibrates the pulse system to best benefit the patient.
Technical: This is a Flash game, so you will need the Puffin Academy Browser if you are going to play this game on a mobile device. We also recommend having ear buds to play the activity in class or in public areas. Speakers are fine for home use.
High School Life Science
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
High school Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
HS-ETS1-4. Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
CCSS High School ELA
RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
RST.9-10.3 Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
RST.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
RST.11-12.3 Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.
RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Science & Technology Grades 6-8:
1. Give examples of how technological advances, influenced by scientific knowledge, affect the quality of life.
2. Design a solution or product taking into account needs and constraints (e.g., cost, time, trade-offs, properties of materials, safety and aesthetics).
Scientific Inquiry Grades 6-8:
1. Explain that there are differing sets of procedures for guiding scientific investigations and procedures are determined by the nature of the investigation, safety considerations and appropriate tools.
Scientific Ways of Knowing Grades 11-12:
1. Explain how ethical considerations shape scientific endeavors.
2. Explain how societal issues and considerations affect the progress of science and technology.
National Science Standards
Content Standards Grades 5-8:
1. Understandings about scientific Inquiry.
2. Understanding of structure and function in living systems, reproduction and heredity.
3. Abilities of technological design and understandings about science and technology.
4. Personal health risks and benefits, science and technology in society.
· Understandings about scientific inquiry.
· Matter, energy and organization in living systems and behavior of organisms.
· Abilities of technological design, understandings about science and technology.
· Natural and human-induced hazards, science and technology in local, national, and global challenges.
· Understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge and science as a human endeavor.