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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Student Quotes

"Helps you with your future career choices in the medical or health careers" -- Mallory

PLTW is the application of health and engineering sciences" -- Caleb

The PLTW courses have allowed me to broaden my horizon by offering a great deal of hands-on experiences that has urged me to pursue a career in the medical field." -- Austin

These PLTW courses haev really allowed us to experience many different aspects of both the medical and engineering fields. This allows us to have a better understanding of different career paths for later in our lives" -- Clayton

"Biomed class is something I look forward to and it makes me want to come to school every day" -- Dameon

Jasper Memorial Hospital Visits 4th Years

The Seniors in Mrs. Richardson's Biomedical Innovations class recently presented their Emergency Department designs to Registered Nurse, Donna McCord and Emergency Department Director Vicki Stuffle of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (MHHCC).  The students have worked for about 2 months designing every aspect of a ficticious emergency department.  To kick off this activity, MHHCC was gracious enough to allow the student to tour their facility and gain a wonderful insight in all the ins and outs of the emergency department.

Students Leslie, Cierra and Hallie present their Emergency Department design to
Donna McCord, Registered Nurse, and Vicki Stuffle, Emergency Department Director

Leslie, Cierra, Hallie, Holly, Kayla, Dakota, Katelyn, Kelsey, Jalen,
Kyleigh, Morgan, Ethan, Lance, Ms. Stuffle, and Ms. McCord

Biomed Students Showcased in Indianapolis

Five of our Biomedical Sciences students and three Engineering students had the opportunity to travel to IUPUI in Indianapolis on December 13, 2011 to showcase their special projects to the PLTW staff, local business representatives and various politicians.  The meeting was a celebration of the move of PLTW from Clifton Park, New York to Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Jalen, Kyleigh, Katelyn, Kelsey, Mrs. Richardson, Ms. Elkins, Austin and Clayton
are all ready for the action to begin.

The Biomedical Sciences Booth
Ms. Kelley and Ms. Elkins talk to Dr. Carolyn Malstrom, Director Northeast Region

Students Kelsey and Katelyn talk to Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW

Indiana Govenor Mitch Daniels talks with the Biomedical Sciences Students
Biomedical Sciences students and teachers with Govenor Daniels

What a great looking group!  Both the Engineering and Biomedical Sciences students
had a long, but exciting day at IUPUI.

Pike Central High School Named Model School

On November 9 2011, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation's leader in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education, announced their 2010-2011 "Model Schools". "Model Schools" are leaders in the nation for thein STEM education programs. Pike Central High School was honored to be one of the 16 schools recognized for this honor.

PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram said, "We are excited to recognize these schools for their exemplary work with students on a daily basis. Teachers in these classes are inspiring students and unlocking their potential for success and achievement. This work does not happen in isolation. The community, business, and industry partnerships that make this work possible should be commended as well."

PLTW programs are to date located in 4,200 schools across the nation al all 50 states and the Distric of Columbia. The 16 schools honored with "Model School" status are recognized as having outstanding examples of how the PLTW rigorous STEM program is implemented. They also represent a high population of students engaged in the PLTW program.

Terri Schulz, PLTW National Director, said "Pike Central High School exemplifies innovation in education. It serves as a model for PLTW schools throughout the country on how to use the program to best meet the needs of both the students and the community. More than 50 perscent of the overall student population is enrolled in PLTW courses, and the relationships these teachers and students have formed with this rural community allows them to work together in solving the rural area's most pressing needs. Pike Central students, staff and administrators, as well as the community at large, should be extremely proud of the work they are doing."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Course Descriptions

Year 1:  Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.

Year 2:  Human Body Systems (HBS)
Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

Year 3:  Medical Interventions (MI)
Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore: how to prevent and fight infection; how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

Year 4:  Biomedical Innovations (BI)
In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community.

Course Descriptions: 
PLTW,, June 2011

Special Projects

We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Mr. Ray Neihaus and his PLTW Engineering students. Here are just a few things we are working on:

Providing Assistance to the Water Filtration Team of the MIT Grant Project

Freshman-Senior Biomedical Science students volunteered to research different types of bacteria found in local water samples in order to help engineering students identify what types of bacteria their filtration system has been successfully able to purify.

This was an introductory project for freshman and sophmore students who were interested in histology sections presented in year one. Year three and four students will be able to provide additional assistance to them by using leading edge coliform identification.

Water Filtration System in Haiti

Freshman-Senior Biomedical Science students have to opportunity to volunteer to join with PLTW engineering students in building a water filtration system that will destroy E. coli bacteria for individuals in Haiti. Students will be engaged in leading edge identification of E. coli by using PCR assays, coliform E.L.I.S.A. testing and Coliscan Easy Gel to determine what strain is present and in what concentration.

Currently, this research includes identification of the E. coli bacteria, understanding methods to kill the bacteria and suggesting low costs methods for our engineering students to consider when implementing their engineering design. This includes researching possible plant sources aviailable in the region of Plaine du Nord where this system is urgently needed. Upon completion of the project, biomedical students will be able to assist the engineering team by performin E. Coli water tests after implementation of the design to ensure quality performance.

Magnetic Resin for Medical Use

Freshman-Senior Biomedical Science students are currently volunteering additional time to research the possible use of magnetic resin as a medical product in collaboration with engineering students. Current ideas are being connected as possible means of assisting the "speed up" of the recovery of fractures in non-weight bearing limbs, medical devices that require temporary adhesion and other possible medical interventions. Students schedule meeting times after school each week and use this as collaborative time between teams.

This research also stimuates research into deeper levels of body system physiology in order to consider possible solutions to these critical thinking challenges.

Magnetic Alternative Genrator (M.A.G.) -- Clayton and Austin, Sophomores

The MAG project creates perpetual motion using magnets.  Using the perpetual motion, we create energy by powering a generator.  The MAG project can power many different things depending on the size of it, from cars to hospitals to large cities.

The Wonders of Pig Bladder -- Joseph and Mallor, Juniors

The pig’s bladder has an extracellular matrix which is a mixture of the proteins and connective tissue.  It has the ability to regrow tissue and repair itself.  This made us curious to know more about how it works.  Recently, we contacted the McGowan Institute and requested information on how to recreate their experiment in our lab.

Trasacross -- Caleb, Junior
Trasacross is a mobile electorcaurty unit and it will be used on people who are suffering from gunshot and laceration wounds.  The hopes of this project is to help stop bleeding in patients while they are on their way to the hospital.  This will reduce the death rate in people who are suffering from such wounds.

 Vitruviuos App -- Demetre, Junior

Created as a colaborative project between the engineering and biomedical sciences department, this App was developed to tell the height of a person by having the user scan their thumb.  Biomedical sciences students assisted with the ground work on the correlation between the different parts of the body lengthwise.  Mildren Trotter's equations.

Antiparasitic Spray -- Dameon, Sophomore

The idea for this project was inspired by a program on the Discovery channel about parasites.  One episode in particular sparked the interest of sophomore Dameon.  It discussed the effects of parasites on the feet of many individuals causing.  The project currently emphasizes the importance of finding a combination of chemicals to develop a spray protection that would either kill or reject the parasite while also causing no harm to the skin.