Learning aims:

Students are supposed to apply their knowledge about blood.


worksheet in classroom materials, Internet connection

Suggestions for use:

Ask students to think about what properties artificial blood should have so it would enable to save a human life. Discuss the topic. Start with a story:

There has been an accident and the patient has lost a lot of blood. He is threatened with failure of organs and death caused by the lack of oxygen. No blood tin is available to save his life.

Ask students:

Could an artificial blood save him? It cannot have all the properties of human blood. Which properties must it have so it could help until a donor is found?

Let students find on the Internet whether artificial blood has already been made and used for saving a patient.

Example of internet source:


Possible questions:

  • What industry could produce artificial blood?
  • Which scientists participate in its development?