Dec. 15, 2017


On Friday, Dec. 1, students at Henry W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School 28 participated in Medipalooza! — a daylong immersion program led by the school’s teachers with help from several community partners. The goal was to create an immersive experience to bring Longfellow’s Field Medicine Unit to a close.


With participation from the entire school, the fun-filled, hands-on event included a nursing station where students learned about EpiPens, glucose blood testing and blood types; and a visit from Crispus Attucks students in the school’s Health Sciences Academy pathways (nursing, biomedical sciences, physical therapy and health informatics), who stopped by to share stories with Longfellow’s 7th- and 8th-graders about what life will be like for them in Attuck’s health sciences classes.

Community representatives from the Indianapolis Fire Department and other agencies also provided hands-on learning demonstrations related to emergency response preparedness and much more!

“Our students came here for some sort of STEM-related pathway, but for many this is one of the most intense immersion experiences they have had. The best part was opening their eyes to learn there’s more to it than just being a doctor or nurse,” said Bethany Jackson, a Longfellow teacher.

“Today has been fun; we got to introduce Longfellow students to forensic science and things like autopsy reports,” said Keyona W., a student in Attuck’s Health Sciences Academy.

Longfellow Principal Eric Parquet said Medipalooza accomplished one of the school’s goals.

“One of our goals is to make sure we expose students to a variety of areas so they can move on to wherever they feel comfortable,” said Parquet. “… So we make sure to give students hands-on experiences (in Medical and STEM options) so they understand exactly what they’ll have to do if they want to go into these careers.”