Six representatives of the BAHS Biomedical Sciences program were invited to Washington D.C. to present projects at a the 2016 “I am CTE: STEM-Savvy and Career-Ready” congressional reception. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) were present at the event. Each senator, senate staff, and hundreds of other attendees related to the PLTW and ACTE organizations spoke individually to our students to see the type of work that high school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are completing to prepare themselves for a future STEM career.
Natalie Neff and Anna Wehland represented a project on autopsy for which a fetal pig dissection Trello board was shown and a cause of death case file was built. Devin Hott and Sammy Bowen shared a Sketchup model of an emergency department designed by their group in class as well as an innovative app they created to help the function of their hypothetical department. Brandon Marino presented a digital model of a 3D printed cast his group created in class to address the issues commonly associated with plaster casts. BAHS Biomed alumni Damali Egyen-Davis took a day off from her studies as a biomedical engineering major at Johns Hopkins University to attend and present the work she completed last year for her Independent Project during which she shadowed prosthetists and created an air flow innovation for prosthetic limbs.
During the event, the senators each stepped up to the podium to speak and provide insight to their interests in STEM and CTE education that drew them to create a congressional caucus on the topic. Other speakers included Tom Luna, the vice president of PLTW and Doug Meyer, the president of ACTE. These two organizations provide curriculum and support for schools, teachers, and students working with CTE programs. The BAHS Biomed students attending took home a new and impressive foundation of knowledge for the rationale behind the program in which they are involved.