The biomedical sciences program at STM focuses on hands-on learning, introducing students to numerous medical fields, perfecting presentation skills and improving teamwork and collaboration. Check out what each class has been up to over the last few weeks!
Year 1: Principals of Biomedical Sciences
Students continue to try to determine the cause of death of Anna Garcia, a fictional woman whose mysterious death they have been studying since the first day of school. Last week they analyzed Anna’s DNA to determine if she had a genetic condition that may have caused her to have very high cholesterol levels.
“We learned how to look at an electrophoresis box and understand how to read the results, and how to compare the results of the DNA samples,” said STM freshman Alaina Adams. “I liked learning the new skill and I especially liked using the micro pipette!”
Year 2: Human Body Systems
Students have been studying the urinary system and last week they completed a urinalysis lab to diagnose 6 patients with various medical conditions. They were very successful, and all patients were diagnosed correctly!
Year 3: Medical Interventions
Students have been learning about cancer. Last week they designed a lab to evaluate various products designed to prevent exposure to UV radiation which can cause skin cancer. They used yeast as a model organism and are looking forward to evaluating the results this week.
Year 4: Biomedical Innovations
Students recently finished a unit about public health. After identifying a public health problem, the students designed a campaign to educate people about the problem. They also had to write grant proposals to get their campaign funded. Their proposals were critiqued by STM’s grant writer, Kevin Russell!
In addition to teaching exciting material in the classrooms, STM biomedical sciences has just made an appearance in China! Biomedical Innovations teacher Kathy Stelling presented a chemistry STEM lesson to science teachers from a Beijing school district. Stay tuned to our social media for more information and pictures from her trip!