Academic Innovation Continues at STM

June 24, 2010

Saint Thomas More High School’s exciting new Project Lead the Way® Biomedical Sciences program will grow next school year with the addition of the second course, Human Body Systems ™.


The first course Principles of Biomedical Science™ debuted this past fall, with the goal of helping prepare interested students for careers as physicians, nurses, veterinarians, research scientists, paramedics, surgeons, and biomedical engineers. Project Lead the Way® projects over 3.6 million new jobs will be created in the Health Care field by 2014. Currently, over 10 percent of national employment is health care.


“The Biomedical class is my favorite class. The biggest highlight of this class is that there are so many hands-on projects, that we barely take notes,” said Elizabeth Lezama, who will be a junior at STM in fall. “Some of those projects involve gram staining, DNA profiling, EKG's, and measuring blood pressure.”


Both courses offer students a more “hands on” approach than traditional classes. These classes focus on projects instead of lectures and help students prepare for college classes.


“The Biomedical courses involve action and research,” STM’s Principal Dr. Mark Joerres said. “It’s creating solutions and proposing cures to medical issues.”


Students interested in math, science, and the human body will find the PLTW® Biomedical Sciences program a great introduction to the numerous medical fields. It will teach them how the skills they learn are used in the biomedical sciences.


The new Biomedical Sciences courses and the school’s award-winning Engineering courses give students a unique opportunity to explore growing industries. Both programs are part of an organization called Project Lead the Way®, which seeks to prepare students for industries that the organization predicts will soon have shortage of professionals.


Project Lead the Way’s® Biomedical Sciences program is a four year series of courses, designed to bring students closer to the possibilities of a medical based career. The courses are integrated into the students’ core curriculum and designed to expand upon, not replace, college preparatory math and science courses. This dynamic program uses hands-on, real-world problems to engage and challenge students.


“A doctor recently told me that she was not able to do what we are doing now until her third year of medical school. That shows how advanced the students will be after taking this class,” Max Klug, who will be a senior in fall, said. “It has only been the first year of this program and I have already learned so much about the human body. This class is awesome!”


In the first class, Principals of Biomedical Sciences®, students learn about basics of medicine and are introduced to research processes. The students participate in hands-on projects to explore the human body systems, and some of its potential ailments. The main project lasts the entire length of the course. Students determine reasons for a fictional person’s death. The students learn about lifestyle choices and medical treatments that could have extended the person’s life.


The second class will debut in the fall of 2010, Human Body Systems™. In this class, students will look at the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together. The students use more real-world cases and hands-on experiments to learn about these systems.


“This class has influenced the direction of my career. Now, I am thinking about a career in the medical field and I came into this class not knowing much about the field,” Lezama said. “I’m considering jobs as a biomedical engineer or a cardiologist.”


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