Bioengineering & Biomedical - Grades 10 to 12

Have you ever wondered about the process that occurs when a pill dissolves in your stomach? Or about how MRI machines are used for medical imaging? Biomedical and Bioengineers deals with the interface between engineering and biological sciences. This program include topics in biology, chemistry, anatomy and the application of biological processes to Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In this stream students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of laboratory activities and explore current advancements in biomedical technology.

McMaster's Biomedical Engineering Department

McMaster's Chemical Engineering Department

McMaster's Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (iBiomed)


New 2017 Curriculum:

Make an artificial kidney:

In present day, the demand for kidney transplants is high, however human donors are scarce. Even when a patient is lucky enough to receive a transplant, there is a risk that the body will reject the organ. Bioengineers have been successful over years of research and experimentation in creating artificial tissues and organs to solve both of these projects at once! In this project, students will take on the role of a bioengineer and make their own working model of the kidney, which performs both functions of the kidney by filtering blood and disposing of waste fluid to the bladder.

Path to the Heart:

One of the problems that can lead to heart attacks is clogged arteries. Over time plaque can build up in the arterial walls, restricting the flow of blood and therefore leading to risk of heart attack. Students will act as biomedical engineers in a team to design a method to clear the plaque from the walls and create an open area for the blood to flow. Pipes will act as arteries, where students will test their designs and see how fast 2 liters of water can flow through the cleared arteries vs. the blocked arteries.

Heart Mitral Valve Replacement Challenge:

Heart valves are necessary for the heart to do its job: pump blood in one direction through the body and all chambers in the heart. All four valves in the heart have the important job of only letting the blood pump in a single direction; otherwise an appropriate blood pressure will not be maintained in the body. Defective heart valves often need to be replaced, which bioengineers have designed to create artificial heart valves to be transplanted. Students will be tasked to construct and implant a replacement mitral valve that allows marbles to enter the left ventricle, but not back into the left atrium.

and much much more!