As you already know from previous blog post is that we do modules in PLTW so the last two weeks in PLTW I have been working on my module with my group. The module that we decided to do was in the biomedical field and it was simulations applications in medicine, the simulation that we did was the life expectancy in the U.S. population.

For this module first we had to watch a video to get a better idea of what bioengineering was. Next was challenge one, for this challenge we had to read an article and we had to answer the following questions What stimulated the FDAs move toward promoting the use of simulation in testing?  How are they responding? Do you think simulation will become the only way we test medical devices and procedures? Why or why not?  What does the FDA think? How does this relate to the use of simulation in other fields? What was the main idea of this article? How does it fit in the “big picture” of health care? and I said that the FDA saw the science engineers working with simulations and they saw that the simulations were responding very well so they decided to keep using the simulations. Yes and no because it is a good way to test medical devices since they respond so well, but also there has to be other ways to test the medical device. Its not like the simulations can feel what an actual human body would be able to feel with a medical device also you wouldn’t be able to actually see how the human body would react. What I think the main idea of this article was to show how simulations are becoming a big part of the medical side of things by giving evidence to show people.

Next was challenge two and for this challenge we had to go to a website called  Wolfram’s online simulations, we had to find a simulation that we were interested in and make a presentation about that simulation. As I said in the beginning that we chose life expectancy in the U.S. population when blogwe went to the website it showed us a graph for the probability survival rate for both males and females. So the purpose of the simulation is to look at the increasing and decreasing life expectancy rates for the U.S. population. By looking at the simulation we will know what to expect in the future for certain groups of people and their death rates in certain times and places. Something that surprised me i challenge two was that its  scientifically proven that men develop health problems about 10 years before women. As I was researching I found out that for every 1,000 men who have cardiovascular problems between the age of 55 and 65, there are only 25 women in the same situation, and this really blew my mind. In the end I found out a lot about our population and this has to be one of my favorite modules.

~Alyssa Infante

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