What is Orthopaedics In Action?

Orthopaedics In Action (OIA) is unique, hands-on curriculum for middle and high school STEM classrooms that features real-world challenges from orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. We developed this curriculum in response to the overwhelming requests from our educator partners for Perry Outreach Program-themed curriculum that they can use directly in their classrooms. We heard you loud and clear, and we think you'll love OIA! OIA is designed specifically to bridge the gap between bioscience and engineering coursework and reinforce cross-cutting concepts in math and science.

About the Curriculum

Orthopaedics In Action (OIA) features stand-alone 45-60 minute lessons appropriate for Grades 7 through 12 classrooms. OIA maps to Next Generation Science Standards and covers multiple Disciplinary Core Ideas and Science and Engineering Practices. Each lesson comes complete with the following:

  • An interactive lecture featuring a "case study" of a patient with a real orthopaedic problem. Students must conduct clinical and biomechanical experiments to determine the best treatment. Student worksheets are included, and they integrate the lecture and hands-on portions of each lesson.
  • High quality, reusable classroom materials manufactured by Sawbones. Each lesson comes with enough materials to conduct 2-4 student work groups simultaneously.
  • Complete teacher professional development materials, including written lesson plans, student worksheet solutions, and training videos of example lessons and in-class exercises.