Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest
Students to construct pulse sensors on “Family STEM Night”
On the evening of December 6, 2017, middle school students and their parents will have a unique opportunity to act as computer programmers and biomedical engineers as they contemplate designs for a device that can sense a person’s heart rate. The district event, which will be held at Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest from 6:00-8:00 p.m., is the high school’s second annual Family STEM Night.
Students and their parents will team up to use an Arduino microcontroller and provide prototyping materials such as plastic, cardstock, and Velcro to design and make a circuit that can monitor a person’s heart rate. They will also learn about specific applications of science and mathematics as they complete the activity with the assistance of high school students and staff volunteers.
Students and parents will also hear from NVRHS Network Engineer, George Harris, who recently teamed with family members and others to win the X-prize for their development of a medical “Tricorder” device.
Jennifer Cusmano, district Science supervisor and one of the event’s organizers said, “We want all students to know they are welcome in the Biomedical, Computer Science, and Engineering STEM career pathway programs at the high schools. There are various career opportunities in the state and every student will have the chance to succeed in these high school programs.”
Family STEM Night is funded through the “Building Capacity for Career Pathways” grant, which the District received to develop its career pathways programs. As a result of this grant, Northern Valley received $500,000 over five years to implement Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in a comprehensive high school setting.
CTE provides an exciting opportunity for students. Formalized and approved programs deliver real-world skills for students and help foster a high school experience with more value as students prepare for college and career. CTE programs are aligned to national key industry clusters to help students find their passion and learn in a hands-on way. Career and Technical Education programs involve community and industry partners to provide students with the most current and practical learning opportunities as they build confidence and leadership qualities to prepare them for their post-secondary goals. The CTE pathways are flexible and fluid which allows students to focus on one pathway throughout their high school experience, or choose a different pathway to explore if their career goals or interests change. Current
industry partners with NVRHS include Hackensack University Medical Center, Columbia University, FirstFuel Software, Rutgers Medical Device Development Center, Quantum Concepts, and NJIT.
Timothy Gouraige, Ed.D.