Middle School: BSCS Science Learning: A Medical Mystery

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BSCS Science Learning is an independent nonprofit that provides research-based science education programs and services. BSCS has a 60-year track record of leveraging research to create practical solutions. Today, they offer classroom-tested instructional materials and immersive professional learning and leadership development experiences that meet the needs of the diverse populations and educational contexts of 21st century America. BSCS staff includes experienced educators, educational researchers, and scientists who share a commitment to transforming science education.

Score: 8

Science Discipline: Life Science, Physical Science

Length: Unit

Year Reviewed: 2021

Awarded the NGSS Design Badge

Middle school students across the country are wondering, “What’s wrong with M’Kenna?” Throughout BSCS Science Learning’s body systems unit, A Medical Mystery, students spend eight weeks investigating why 13-year-old M’Kenna is feeling sick and losing so much weight. They create and revise models and use scientific reasoning and argumentation to explain the difference between M’Kenna’s and a healthy person’s digestive systems. Ultimately, they solve the mystery. BSCS partnered with Oregon Public Broadcasting to develop this digital unit. 

Link to Materials

The following link will direct you to BSCS's A Medical Mystery unit overview page: A Medical Mystery 

NGSS Design Badge

Awarded:Jan 4, 2022

Awarded To: A Medical Mystery


The NGSS Design Badge is awarded only to the version of this unit that was reviewed. If any modifications are made to this unit, the revised version cannot be promoted as having earned the badge.

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