Biomedical Sciences Academy

Biomed  

Campo Verde High School's Biomedical Sciences Program 
 
Campo Verde High School’s Biomedical Science Program gives students who are interested in math, science, and the human body an introduction to numerous medical fields.  The four-year course of study is integrated into the high school curriculum.  It is designed to augment the high school science and math programs and establish a solid background in the biomedical sciences.

Campo Verde’s Biomedical Sciences uses the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum.  PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous education and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for middle and high schools.  A nonprofit, PLTW began in 1998 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a way to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level.

Creativity

The comprehensive curriculum emphasizes critical-thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving.  Its hands-on, project-based program has been developed collaboratively by high school teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators.

Exploration

Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.  Through activities like dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals.  They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century, such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology.

Advancement

92% of biomedical sciences program senior’s intent to pursue a four-year degree or higher, 51% intend to pursue a graduate degree, and 100% intend to study Engineering, Health Sciences, or a Biomedical Science.

Vision

 

The Campo Verde High School Biomedical Sciences program's goal is to inspire team work, curiosity, “out of the box” thinking, and real world problem solving.  Students will be exposed to science careers, emphasizing allied health care and biomedical engineering.  The CVHS Biomedical Sciences program will implement a three tiered approach: Project Based classroom instruction that is rich, varied, and challenging, where students “learn my doing”,  Real World Experiences such as guest speakers, company tours, school projects that involve the community, and Service of Others through numerous community service projects.

 

Mission

We are committed to

  • Creating Relationships between students, teachers, parents, and community.
  • Building Better People that understand, respect, and care about one another.
  • Changing The World one city, one family, one person at a time.

 Core Values

E P I C    Excellent - Professional - Inspirational - Creative

 

Excellent –expect more than others think is possible

Professional – dedicated to behaviors that will allow success in and out of school

Inspirational – unified in our shared responsibility to help and inspire others

Creative – dare to dream more than others think is practical

 

Core Competencies

1. EPIC

2. Research Based Learning

3. Systems Based Approach to Learning and Solving Problems

4. Science Knowledge

5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

6. Service of Others

 

1. EPIC

Students must be self aware, intrinsically motivated, and willing to continually improve as students and as people.  The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program will address these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Excellent - expect more than others think is possible

• Professional - engage in professional behaviors in school

• Inspirational - unified in our common belief to help and inspire others

• Creative - dream more than others think is practical

2. Research Based Learning

Students must be able to identify real world problems based on current research and the needs of the community, appraise and assimilate current research into real world problems, and demonstrate the ability to evaluate and improve their learning. The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program addresses these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Think critically and make judgments about the barrage of information that comes their way everyday

• Demonstration of an investigatory and analytical thinking approach to identifying and solving real world problems.

• Knowledge and application of necessary science concepts and skills needed to identify and solve current real world problems.

3. Systems Based Approach to Solving Problems

Students need to be able to identify, develop, and use a set of detailed methods, procedures, and routines to carry out projects to solve real world problem. The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program addresses these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Creativity and entrepreneurial thinking

• Solve complex, multidisciplinary, open-ended problems

• Making innovative use of knowledge, information and opportunities to create new services, processes and products.

• Understanding how the solutions to problem affect themselves and other people in the world.

• Understanding of how projects can educate and inspire others.

• Advocate for helping and inspiring others and for creating relationships between the school and the community.

• Knowing how to partner with members of the community and how to use these relationships to help solve real world problems.

4. Science Knowledge

Students must demonstrate knowledge about establishing and evolving their understanding of the sciences and the application of this knowledge to solving real world problems. The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program addresses these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Demonstration of an investigatory and analytic approach to their learning.

• Knowledge and application of the sciences to identify and solve real world problems.

• Knowledge and application of the sciences to help with their own learning and the learning of others.

5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Students must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective information exchange and teaming with students and members of the community. The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program addresses these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Communicating and collaborating with teams of people across cultural, geographic and language boundaries

• Creating and sustaining mutually beneficial and professionally sound relationships with one another and members of the community.

• Using effective listening skills to provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills.

• Use technology to create videos and other presentation methods to educate and inspire others.

• Working effectively with others as a member or leader of a school and community group.

6. Service of Others

Students must be able to learn and solve problems in a compassionate way that are designed to help and inspire others. The CVHS Biomedical Sciences Program addresses these objectives if it focuses on topics related to:

• Gather essential and accurate information about the needs of others in the community.

• Taking charge of financial, health and civic responsibilities and making wise choices.

• Provide solutions to problems aimed at educating, helping, and inspiring others.

• Work with others in school and out of school to provide solutions that are other centered.

• Identifying solutions based on the needs, information, and preferences of members of the community.

• The ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with others in the school and the community.

* The above Core Competencies were inspired by The American Board of Medical Specialties and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education


Courses:

Year 1: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

Students investigate 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 provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. 

 

Year 2: Human Body Systems (HBS)

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, 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 roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.

 

Year 3: Medical Interventions (MI)

Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students. 
 
 

Year 4: Capstone Course - Biomedical Innovation (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.

Students spend the year working with their faculty advisor and mentors solving a health care related problem somewhere in the world. Capstones projects focus on educating, inspiring, helping, and empowering.