BioMedTech: Engineering for Your Health
Discover the rapidly advancing field of medicine at Great Lakes Science Center. The BioMedTech: Engineering for Your Health gallery engages visitors in an exploration of the advances in medical technology and engineering. These medical innovations provide health care professionals and scientists with the tools to improve public and personal health.
BioMedTech is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), an educational award program supported by the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Great Lakes Science Center has partnered with Case Western Reserve University in the development of the exhibition and related programs.
Enter the BioMedTech gallery and explore six areas of biomedical technology and engineering: genomics, stem cells, prosthetics, functional electrical stimulation (FES), infectious disease and medical imaging. Learn how these cutting-edge technologies and medical disciplines unite to impact our lives. Gallery formats include interactive exhibits, informational videos, personal accounts and educational displays.
Control a robotic prosthetic arm; examine engineering changes in the development of prosthetics; observe microscopic images of infectious agents; and learn about positron emission tomography (PET) scan technology. Get up close to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine; explore the inside of a stomach with an endoscopic camera; and learn about the work being done by local researchers, scientists and businesses to develop innovative medical technologies.
Mobile Explorer Carts
Facilitated by Great Lakes Science Center education staff, hands-on activity carts circulate daily, providing visitors with an up-close and interactive look at biomedical technology. Explore the flexibility of genetic code, manipulate tiny tools and simulate minimally invasive surgery techniques. Extract your own DNA and more during the National DNA Day celebration on April 19, 2013. Learn more about mobile explorer carts.
BioMedTech: Students Translating and Exploring Medicine (BMT: STEM) is a multi-faceted educational program that engages students and Science Center visitors in understanding health and wellness though the lens of biomedical research. BMT: STEM showcases local researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and Translational Science Collaborative and explores how different approaches to research help to prevent and improve treatments for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. BMT: STEM’s diverse offerings include a speaker series, a classroom distance learning program and more. Programs align with national and state standards to supplement classroom instruction. Funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about BMT: STEM.
BMT Speaker Series
Presented to both school groups and the general public, the BMT Speakers Series presents a rare opportunity to meet world-renowned biomedical and engineering professionals and learn about the latest research in their fields. BMT Speaker Series presentations are offered on select Fridays to school groups and on select Saturdays to the general public.
See a list of 2013 programs here.
Distance Learning Program
Students, teachers, schools and science centers nationwide can participate in real-time presentations with leading biomedical technology and engineering professionals via Interactive Video Distance Learning and web streaming.
Innovations in Health and Wellness: From the Bench to the Bedside
New Ideas for Changing Behavior to Treat Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, January 16
Presented by: Sarah McAleer, RD, LD, MEd The Center for Childhood Diabetes, Activity and Nutrition University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Case Western Reserve University
Click here for more details.
See a list of 2013 programs here.
Health Careers Exploration Day
February 13, 2013
The fifth annual Health Careers and Exploration Day will give Cleveland area school students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of biomedical research careers. Students will meet and interact with invited guest speakers as well as representatives from local community and higher education organizations to learn about careers in the biomedical research fields. Learn more here.
National Engineers Week
February 17 – 23, 2013
Celebrate National Engineers Week with us! We’ll have special programs, demos and a display of innovative design and engineering projects! To learn more about National Engineering Week, visit eweek.org.
DNA Days Celebration
April 19 – 20, 2013
Discover the inner workings of your genome with hands-on activities. Extract your own DNA, build a double helix and use the tools of genetic science. Learn about local genetic studies and what they contribute to science and find out how you can make a difference through research. Reservations required for school groups. Call 216-621-2400. Find out more.
National Lab Day
May 3 – 4, 2013
Celebrate National Lab Day with us! Explore how hospital and research laboratories help to diagnose, treat and prevent diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Participate in hands-on activities and meet local laboratory professionals. Learn about local laboratory studies and what they contribute to science. Find out how you can make a difference through research. Get details.
Biomedical Technology and Engineering Teacher Companion
This companion piece to the BioMedTech exhibition includes background information, content knowledge, classroom activities, lesson plans and web resources. A sample lesson plan can be downloaded using the following links:
A Career Kiosk is currently available in the BioMedTech gallery, providing students with the opportunity to learn, discover and explore biomedical technology and engineering careers. Using the latest touch-screen technology, students will browse biomedical technology and engineering career information, video interviews with professionals and links to local employers, colleges and universities.
For a web-based version of the career kiosk, click here.
LifeWorks E-Mentoring is a free e-mentoring program that helps high school and college students interested in biomedical science, behavioral and social science, dental and healthcare careers find a mentor. Mentors are carefully screened science, healthcare and education professionals who volunteer to provide information, guidance and support as students develop their careers.
For more information on this program, click here.
Field Trip Reservations
For more information on scheduling a field trip, call 216-621-2400 or click here.