The Academy’s curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists, researchers, engineers, health care professionals, technology specialists, and mathematicians. The problem/project-based curriculum at Bio-Med Science Academy is taught by teams of certified teachers who integrate their subjects around a central theme for each trimester.
This learning environment reflects the scientific community and the health care world where professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds work together to understand problems and then define solutions. This concentrated academic rigor prepares students to formulate innovative, essential questions and then develop novel solutions in various fields of study.
Curriculum themes are always evolving and are based on current trends in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine, and on the research and education being conducted at local universities and businesses. Sample themes include:
- Bridges, Buildings, Roads and the Environment
- The Future of Energy
- Healthy Bodies: Health and Wellness
- Food and Nutrition as it Impacts My Community and the World
- Water and its Impact on People, Culture and the Economy
- Ecology and the Environment
- The Health of My Community
- Life Among the Generations
- The Brain
- The Heart
To support this unique learning, professionals from companies, universities and health care organizations present special seminars and lectures at the Academy during the school year. Students go on field trips to dig deeper. Lab courses are conducted in the state-of-the-art laboratories at NEOMED.
As in the working world, students are accountable for their outcomes in the form of term projects – called Attainments – at the end of each course of thematic study. These projects are designed to demonstrate that students understand the relationships between the knowledge they are learning in their courses and the current professional trends in STEM+M fields. In addition, students will complete a full year project for each year of high school.
Students are expected to understand the community context for projects and problemsand need to incorporate community related issues into proposed research projects and protocols as well as into solutions to problems. As part of this understanding, students will be expected to perform a certain number of hours of service in the community.
Students are also be expected to present their work at state conferences and participate in competitions and events such as the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia, the Imagine Cup, the American Mathematics Competition, and Siemens Competition.