Academy of Holy Angels is a proud recipient of a 2019-2020 STEM Innovation Grant from the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF). Funding received with this grant is helping to support data analysis and integrated career exploration within the anatomy and physiology curriculum.
The AHA Science Department is increasing the depth and breadth of STEM within the existing anatomy and physiology curriculum by introducing new sensors that will provide the practical foundation for a variety of laboratory experiments, enhance learning experiences, and better facilitate student engagement. This includes: EKG sensors for measuring heart rate, dynamometers for measuring the force of muscle contraction, surface temperature sensors for measuring body temperature, and spirometers and oxygen gas sensors for measuring lung volumes and oxygen uptake. This also supports a stronger focus on technical writing.
Additionally, AHA has begun to incorporate additional career exploration for students interested in STEM by partnering with local medical professionals who will take part speaker series to discuss their careers. The speakers are also accompanied by a relevant in-class laboratory exercise that will reinforce key technical concepts. AHA has launched the speaker series by welcoming Mary Lahr, a cytotechnologist who spoke about tissue sampling and medical careers, and Maurice Buchanan (pictured above), a personal trainer who spoke about how he uses his kinesiology degree in his job along with the experience of starting and owning his own business. The goal of the developing speaker series is to introduce students to new careers which utilize anatomy and physiology but are not necessarily the ones they think of first, such as doctors or nurses.
"We are grateful to MISF for the STEM Innovation Grant that is providing students and faculty a great opportunity to increase the rigor in our anatomy and physiology classes. Students are able to collect and analyze reliable data, and we are looking forward to welcoming more guest speakers in order to engage students and bring a real-life career exploration to their studies," says Libby Moravec, science teacher.