Several students at the Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School had the opportunity to work in a hands-on laboratory, thanks to a recent collaboration between the school and Morehouse School of Medicine.
ALANHS introduced three new courses this school year, according to Academy of Liberal Arts coordinator Kia James, Latin, scientific research and robotics. After working to develop an advanced research course for the students since the spring, students were able to travel to Morehouse earlier this month to complete labs with two aims in mind: the develop problem-based learning modules and to increase student interest in neuroscience, which using critical thinking and mathematic skills.
During their day at Morehouse School of Medicine, the ALANHS students attended mini-seminars on proteomics, spider venom and stroke and control of Circadian Clock. Students were able to pinpoint what might be reasons for their tiredness during the day and also on how to adjust their Circadian Clock.
Students also participated in a brain lab. For many, it was the first time they were able to hold a human brain in their hands. Two students were able to identify the brain they were holding as having come from a person suffering dementia because of the open fissures.
James said they are currently planning lessons for the spring and summer on medical ethics, among other topics.