Olivia Robinson checks the blood pressure of a classmate.

Students in Deidra Rudd’s Project Lead the Way class at Davis County Middle School are delving into a new unit of study this fall called “Medical Detectives.”

With the help of Rudd and DC Middle School STEM Coach, Derek Robison, the students are applying experimental design, creative thinking, and problem solving as they investigate the inner-workings of the human body, diagnose diseases, and strive to improve human health.

In this unit, the students take on the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease, solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.

In their first lab focusing on vital signs, students practiced taking each other’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration rate.