PHS biomedical students present independent research
PHS biomedical students present independent research
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Eight seniors in the Biomedical Innovations class at Pattonville High School finished their school year by giving a presentation and poster gallery walk highlighting the independent research projects they completed during the past year. In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences.

They design innovative solutions for health challenges as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering and public health. Students had the opportunity to work on their independent projects with mentors and industry experts, including ones at the Bio Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park located at the Danforth Plant Science Center and at St. Louis Community College.

Students in the class completed all four years of the biomedical science program at Pattonville High School. The students and the topics they researched and presented on were:
  • Marissa Etwaroo, “The Effect of Body Mass Index on Standardized Test Scores;”
  • Luke Jacobi, “Genetic Crossing of Dpy-13 x MH1317 C. Elegans;”
  • Dan LaFollette, “Outcrossing of MH1317 and bli-1 C. Elegans;”
  • Nathan McClain, “Prevalence and Development of Patellar Tendonitis of Male High School Volleyball Players;”
  • Erica Muamba, “Crossbreeding of C. Elegans Strains: Dumpy 13 X Blister-1;”
  • Alexis O'Neal, “Number of Sports Played by an Athlete Against Injuries;”
  • Abby Schnable, “Effectiveness of Mechanical Fixtures on Distal Femur Fracture;” and
  • Molly Sullivan, “Anthropometric Measurements in Competitive Climbers vs. Non-Competitive Climbers.”
After giving their presentations in the high school auditorium, the students answered questions from the audience, which included educators and experts serving on a review committee. Other classes in the school were invited to view the presentations. After the presentations, students went into the lobby of the auditorium to host a gallery walk of their research posters and answer questions from visitors.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Pattonville High School began offering the national Project Lead The Way (PTLW) biomedical sciences program in conjunction with its previously established  engineering and computer science programs. The biomedical program is a rigorous four-course sequence that gives students the opportunity to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, public health and forensic sciences. They examine the structures and interaction of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing challenges of today and the future.