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Video+Story: New Summer Medical Prep Academy treats students to fun learning

Computer-controlled robots mazed through the hallways while students learned CPR on manikins just across campus.  Meanwhile, students crime-scene investigations were happening at a different corner of the school, near the area where students were engaging in nutrition classes and CrossFit-like workouts.

This is all part of the innovative EPISD Summer Medical Prep Academy — an intense three-week camp where more than 550 middle-school students are learning the basics of health using STEM education.

The new camp replaced the former Developing Research and Early Aspirations Medical Scholars (DREAMS) and offers similar opportunities to students for all EPISD middle schools.

The program, previously housed at Silva Health Magnet, had been limited to incoming sixth graders at Title 1 campuses. The Academy has now been moved to Henderson and is open to any incoming middle-school student in the District.

“This is a great way to keep your brain active during the summer,” said Hornedo sixth grader Merrik Brewer. “It’s important to keep the brain active because it’s good for your learning.”

Merrik joined the program because of its promise of robotics and crime-solving activities and looks forward to the exercise component to beef up his soccer game. His fellow Hornedo classmate Jose Escobedo sees the academy as an opportunity for career exploration.

“I’ve learned how to take DNA out of a strawberry and learn how to solve a crime based on people’s stomach content,” Jose said. “I like learning, and this is fun learning.”

Academy coordinator Ashley Sheldon explained that the hands-on projects and activities build students’ experiences and knowledge without appearing to be like regular school.

“We work really hard to make sure that there are no handouts, no lectures,” Sheldon said. “They’re sharing things and they don’t even realize that they’ve learned things at this point because they didn’t take any notes or listen to a teacher lecture. They just worked hands-on with projects.”

All aspects of the medical prep program are student-driven, teacher-facilitated – especially the robotics section.

“The teacher’s there to help them, but they come up with our own robot design with their own claw and their own programming,” Sheldon said. “By the end, and they get a robot through the obstacle course where before they had no knowledge of how to do that.”

Every three days, the students rotate through the forensics, medical applications and robotics.  Students solve a crime through DNA, fingerprinting and fiber analysis during the forensics piece. In the medical applications segment, students learn to take each other’s blood pressure and use a practice doll to apply chest compressions for a lesson in basic CPR. A Cross-Fit-like activity – known as Raise Up the Bar – gets their heart rates up and complements a nutritional component.

“The kids are loving it,” said Bobby Macias, who created Raise Up the Bar at Ross Middle. “They’ve been very receptive to trying new things.”

The component introduces students to a variety of exercises associated with Cross-Fit-like classes including push-ups, squats, lunges and 400-meter runs.

“We’ve been introducing them to functional movements, and we’ve noticed the friendships they are forging while doing the workouts,” Macias said. “A lot of them are saying ‘I wish we had this class at our school.’”

Meanwhile, in the nutrition classroom, students examined test tubes with different foods and taking note of their fat and calorie content. The kids got a visual perspective of the fat in foods common in their diets: brownies, buttered popcorn, cheese, ice cream sandwiches, an apple and pudding.

“Check out the fats,” said JaMya Lynn-Carswell, holding a tube labeled trail mix 350 calories and 22 grams of fat for a half-cup serving. “I was surprised by the trail mix. I see a lot of people eating trail mix in exercise commercials but they’re eating more fat.”

Story: Reneé de Santos | Photos: Leonel Monroy  |  Video: Raymond Jackson and Angel Dominguez / EPISD

Gallery+Story: El Paso history at the center of Hornedo humanities showcase

Hornedo Middle School students celebrated El Paso history by chronicling the people, events and markers that shaped the city over the last couple centuries.

The Hometown Historians Showcase was the culmination of a year-long seventh-grade humanities project. Students created books and crafted displays that offered insight into the most prominent to even the somewhat obscure El Paso-related topics.

Featured displays included UTEP President Diana Natalicio, the 1966 NCAA Champions from Texas Western College, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, San Jacinto Plaza, actress Debbie Reynolds, Ascarate Park, the Magoffin Home, Fort Bliss, the Plaza Theater and the famed gunslingers from the wild 1800s.

“They get to really talk about their display and what they’ve been learning,” said humanities teacher Debbie Vaugh. “This was a night of celebration.”

This year, the students focused on triumph and tragedy and offered displays that included travel guides, videos and songs.  Students enthusiastically talked about their topic – appearing as if they lived during the era or knew their subject personally.

“I chose gunslinger John Selman because he seemed like a cool character,” said Yazan Azzam. “I wanted to see why he was so prominent in the 1800s. It was interesting to see how people lived back then and to see how much has changed since then.”

Yazan dressed like the gunslinger he researched enjoyed learning more about El Paso and the wild west time of Selman.

“This project makes people more aware about what the city is and what it has,” Yazan said. “It was interesting to see how people lived back then and to see how much it’s changed.”

A few feet away Victoria Miller drew in visitors by challenging them a game of hoops to illustrate her topic: the 1966 Miners NCAA basketball championship team. She showed a video and offered insight into the victory that changed history – not just in El Paso but throughout the country.

“I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this so wanted to see what the buzz was,” said Victoria, who admitted she didn’t initially like basketball. “I thought it was interesting to learn about it. I like basketball now.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD 

Hornedo Student to Represent EPISD in National Medical Conference

Anakaren Garcia’s dream of studying genetics in college will not have to wait until she graduates high school in 2022.

The Hornedo Middle School eighth-grader will get a chance to start her journey into the medical field as an official delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on June 25-27 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

“I was very happy when I received the letter,” Garcia said. “I told my parents right away, and they told me that I should be thankful for this great opportunity. I am excited to learn more genetics and how to accomplish my dream.”

Principal Micaela Varela is proud of Garcia, whom she described is an exemplary student and a leader.

“It’s a huge honor for her and recognition for Hornedo. We are excited for this opportunity,” she said. “She has a bright future. I think it’s an experience she will be able to share with her peers and inspire others to pursue their goals.”

Garcia was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

She was selected for her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

“I am excited to meet Dr. Capecchi because he is doing what I want to do,” she said. “I think it’s so cool that the body is made up of cells and that each one has the same genetic information.”

During the three-day event she will network with students from across the country and hear presentations from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners. She also will meet with Ivy League and top medical school deans to learn more about what is expected in medical school.

Garcia credits her mom for her interest in genetics and EPISD’s Developing Research and Early Aspirations Medical Scholars program, also known as DREAMS, for helping cement her pursuit in a genetics career.

“The more I learned about genetics, the more I liked it. My mom is the one who taught me about genetics when I was in third grade and had to write about what I wanted to when I grew up,” she said. “During the forensics portion of the camp, we found a strand of hair in the mock crime scene. We viewed it under a microscope and see if it matched with any of the suspects.

Richard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, hopes to engage the future of medicine as early as possible.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” Rossi said in a press release. “Focused, bright and determined students like Anakaren Garcia are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD
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