"I do not know what else to say except, 'Wow!' What an amazing experience this mission was for my students and for me as an educator."
David Newdeck
Springfield Township Middle School

Cyber Surgeons

cyber surgeonsStudents join the fictional CyberSurgeons remote trauma unit on a mercy ship traveling up the Amazon River. The simulated ship is equipped with a high-tech hospital and medical research capabilities, state-of-the-art high-end communications systems, and dedicated satellites to relay information. The students receive alerts about patients from research stations located in ports along the way. In real time your students will diagnose various maladies and recommend treatment. The students use an array of computer tools during the mission, including a realistic view of the body to access a database that links symptoms, possible conditions, test results, and treatment options.

The mission is conducted through a videoconference hookup from your classroom to the Challenger Learning Center® at the Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Before the live simulation students learn how to analyze and apply simple datasets to medical situations. On mission day students connect live for 40-75 minutes with the “chief medical officer,” played by a professional educator at the Challenger Learning Center. 


Grades: 9-12 

Subjects: biology, anatomy and physiology

Standards: science as inquiry, life science, personal and social perspectives, natural and human-induced hazards, science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

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