The Accelerated Learning Academy offers three tracks: Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Applied Mathematics, and Medical Science. See the 2017-2018 descriptions below.

Biomedical Engineering and Technology Track

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field, so it has many applications to the traditional engineering disciplines, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science. Each workshop in the Biomedical Engineering and Technology track will provide students with a brief introduction to a traditional engineering discipline, applications to biomedical engineering and the human body, and emphasize the use of technology. Each workshop will include a brief lecture, group activities, and hands-on demonstrations. Each workshop will also include real-world applications. To expose students to new ideas, career paths relevant to each workshop topic will also be discussed.

Workshop I: Engineering Design & information Technology

December 8-10, 2017            
In this workshop, students will learn the engineering design process and apply it to a hands-on design challenge. Students will also learn how to:
i) evaluate designs based on their societal and environmental impacts
ii) determine the population the design is intended to benefit as well as the populations excluded from those benefits
iii) develop solutions to make designs more equitable and accessible to all.

Students will also have an introduction to computer science and information technology.  We will address:
i) “What is Computer Science and the associated technologies that it encompasses?”
ii) “How does computer science interact with other STEM disciplines?” Pervasive computing, also called ubiquitous computing, will also be discussed
(i.e., embedding computational capabilities to make devices smart).

Understanding these concepts allows students to explore interdisciplinary career tracks that create collaboration within the STEM disciplines.   

Workshop II: Electrical Engineering

March 2-4, 2018 
This workshop will introduce students to electrical engineering, electricity, circuitry, and energy conservation. Students will learn how to build circuits using a breadboard and other electrical components such as resistors, motors, and thermometers. The goal of the workshop is to teach students how to think and act as engineers by applying the knowledge learned in class to design simple electronic products such as a basic thermostat or a  battery operated motor vehicle. By the end of this workshop, students will be able to interpret circuit diagrams and identify the function of different electrical components. This workshop will help the students understand electricity and basic circuitry by engaging them in designing and making simple electrical devices.

Workshop III: Biomechanics

April 27-29, 2018
Biomechanics is the study of structure and function of biological systems (e.g., humans, animals, cells, organs), by the means of mechanics (forces that cause motion). In this workshop, students will participate in National Biomechanics Day, a world-wide celebration of biomechanics for high school students and teachers that is sponsored by the American Society of Biomechanics. Specifically, students will learn about mechanics and its application to human movement. Students will also learn about prosthetics and design a prosthetic leg for a mock patient with an amputation.  

Applied Mathematics Track

Mathematics, like other theoretical and applied fields, is based on observation and theorization. In mathematics, objects are represented pictorially or symbolically and are observed and described in terms of their properties and their relationships with other objects. The objects of mathematics are of two types: either (1) visible by sight and tangible or (2) only visible in the mind and intangible. For objects of either type, you can notice how one or more objects are related to each other and described the relationship. As mathematical objects move, relationships among them will either change or remain unchanged. That is, relations among mathematical objects are either variant or invariant. In each workshop, through hands-on explorations, you will observe mathematical objects and both investigate and theorize relations that exist among the objects. Through observation, investigation, and theorization you will develop and further extend your knowledge of operations on rational numbers, combinatorics, geometry, and algebraic functions. In addition, you will reflect on your workshop investigations to become aware of how to facilitate mathematics learning.

Workshop I: Combining Combinatorics                       

December 8-10, 2017
In this workshop, students will explore two different collections of visible and tangible objects to notice and construct mathematical relations among the objects of each collection. This exploration will reveal theoretical and applied ideas about combinatorics. Combinatorics is a branch of mathematics that studies the enumeration, combination, and permutation of collections of objects and relations that define properties of the collections. Students will also reflect on the underlying structures of the combinatorial arrangement of the two collections of objects and comb for how the structures are connected.

Workshop II: The Algebra of Fractions

March 2-4, 2018
In this workshop, using a collection of visible and tangible objects, students will establish language to describe proportional relations among the objects and construct ways to operate with these proportional relations algebraically. From the algebraic descriptions and operations, students will derive ways to transform the relations into numbers and examine how to work with the visible and tangible objects to extend their insights into operations on fractions. Students will relate their new insights to the traditional algorithms for operating on fractions.

Workshop III: Finding Functions and Querying Quadrilaterals    

April 27-29, 2018
In this workshop, students will collaborate and use a dynamic mathematics software, GeoGebra, to construct and manipulate visible and tangible mathematical objects. They will explore pairs of objects, one dependent on the other, and verbally express the functional relation between each pair of objects. Students will extend their descriptions to experience functional relations among pairs of objects as graphs in the Cartesian coordinate system. Also, students will use GeoGebra to construct quadrilaterals and query the objects that their quadrilaterals beget and notice interesting relations among them.

Medical Science Track

Medical Sciences encompasses basic sciences of medicine, medical specialties and other interdisciplinary fields dedicated to understanding animal/human health, as well as diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions.  Although many challenges still exist, significant progress and advances over the years in medical sciences has improved human health, and we are now living longer.  The medical science workshops provides an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science.

Workshop I: Cell & Molecular Biology                                    
December 8-10, 2017

In this workshop, students will will investigate a range of biological processes from cell to matrix. Then students will examine the intricacies of cellular mechanisms, molecules controlling complex regulatory pathways and the molecular basis for cancer.

Workshop II: Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Biology    

March 2-4, 2018 
This workshop will provide students with an opportunity to explore cardiovascular science and lymphatic biology, mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease processes and therapeutic strategies. Students will also examine human biology and cardiovascular disease at the leading edge of medical research. Then discover modern methods and therapeutic strategies used to investigate normal and abnormal cardiovascular function.

Workshop III: Clinical & Lymphatic Biology                           

April 27-29, 2018
In this workshop students will acquire the foundation for a broad understanding of scientific, medical and regulatory issues. Then students will engage in team oriented projects involving communication and integration of different disciplinary backgrounds.

Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program sessions for students’ selected track. Each session will take place from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.