Biomedical engineers play a very important role in medicine. They design technologies that help solve problems with the human body, which can include x-rays, artificial limbs, casts, braces, and even surgical instruments. They work closely with doctors and nurses to improve upon technologies that already help solve problems related to medicine and the human body.
Fourth graders have finished reading about Erik and how he used the Engineering Design Process to help his friend Matthias. With limited supplies in the middle of the forest and a knee that is hurt, Erik must use what he knows about engineering to help design a brace for Matthias. By using the engineering design process, a successful brace was made and Matthias could get out of the woods safely! Fourth graders had the chance to create their own map of how the main character used the Engineering Design Process to complete his goal. See the examples from some fourth graders' notebooks below.