Students will focus on a range of themes related to medical sciences and health and wellness, building a holistic understanding of medicine while integrating interdisciplinary subjects and the state and national curriculum standards. Students will learn about basic anatomy and medicine by building models, playing strategic games, and conducting research projects. After learning about anatomy, students will progress to learning about how the body survives and thrives in its environment, interacting with the world at every level from microbes to trees to a factory on the other side of the world. Hands-on lessons will take place in the Academy’s greenhouse at each grade level. Students will learn concepts in social studies, the environment, geography, physical sciences, and more as they discuss global health issues and generate constructive solutions.
Throughout the curriculum, interdisciplinary subjects will be taught in “active classes”, allowing students to learn about topics like physical forces, energy, and ecosystems while playing a sport or physically active game, tending the greenhouse, or engaging in an active creative project.
Sample Lesson Topics:
- How to Power a Machine with Touch: the Body as a Source of Electricity
- Growing Your Own Garden
- Trees and Healthy Cities
- Fun and Fantastical Foods
- The Physics of Sports: Basketball
- Global Health and You
- Where Did Your Dinner Come From?
- The Microbes Living Inside You
- Water, Water, Everywhere!
- Fast Food Laboratory
Capstone Project: Students will collaborate, working in teams. Each team will identify a public health issue, conduct research on that issue, and develop a solution. Each team may develop a creative design, conduct a service project, or invent a technology that addresses the issue. They will document the stages of discussion, research, and implementation, and share their results with the community. The project will culminate in a competition with scores in different categories.