Technology is giving us greater and greater control over our health. Today, people can download apps onto their cell phones to monitor some of their health conditions and to relay that information to their physicians. Wearable devices, such as Fitbits, encourage the wearers to stay motivated and improve their health by tracking their activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.
In this project-based lesson plan, students will first get an overall look at nanotechnology and how this field of scientific research is being used to transform healthcare. Students are encouraged to work in teams to design a device that can help the wearer tackle health issues that plague students and that lessen their current quality of life. Students will be expected to conduct independent research and create a product that does not currently exist. The devices will need to be attractive, be devices that are energy efficient and be ones that will fit into the lifestyle of the wearer.
Author: Jeff Holland