Initiative brings biomedical course to ILHS

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By Jesef Williams

INDIAN LAND – A person is on the ground dead, and it’s your job to figure out how long the body has been there and what lead to the death.

What are all the parts of the digestive system and what should you be aware of when treating a diabetic patient?

The answers to those inquiries and more are being unraveled this semester in Jill Haun’s classroom at Indian Land High School.

Haun is teaching two sections of Principles of Biomedical Sciences, a new addition to ILHS that is part of Project Lead The Way, a nationwide initiative that offers students a rigorous educational experience in science and engineering.

During the semester-long course, students will study heart attacks, sickle cell disease, medical interventions and grant proposals, just to name a few areas.

Although the school year just started, Haun’s students have already completed four projects and several other assignments.

One group project required them to research the various body systems, create paper cut-outs of body parts and place them on a life-size human poster.

Haun said all of these experiences are great because she doesn’t have to spend time lecturing to the class; her students are motived to gather the information themselves.

“I’m a mediator and a mentor who guides them through,” she said. “They teach themselves. It’s so awesome when they see – a light turns on.”

Robert Wendover said he was the first person to register for the class. The ILHS senior wants to become a nurse and said he knows this is just a small taste of what he’ll be exposed to in college.

“It’s very informational,” Wendover said.

Ashely Hucks, also an ILHS senior, said her goals is to become a registered nurse and work in the emergency room at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The idea of helping others made her think about a career in nursing.

Since the Principles of Biomedical Sciences class started, she’s learned many medical terms – words she’s sure she expects to use for many years to come.

The class has been great so far, she said.

“I want to learn about the entire human body – everything that consists of medical,” Hucks said.

Indian Land High’s Principles of Biomedical Sciences is the first Project Lead The Way course offered ever in the Lancaster County School District.

Faculty hope to add other levels of the course in coming years that would expand that track of Project Lead The Way.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152