RPCS to Offer New Biomedical Engineering Innovation Course This Fall

RPCS to Offer New Biomedical Engineering Innovation Course This Fall
Roland Park Country School is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Johns Hopkins University for the Fall of 2022. RPCS rising juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take Biomedical Engineering Innovation, a college credit course, in the Fall semester of the 2022-2023 school year.   
“RPCS seeks to provide transformative academic experiences that creates a better future and uplifts our students to lead together as they impact the world,” said Dr. Neda Blackburn, The Holliday Heine STEM Institute Director. “This collaboration intentionally aims to advance innovation and engineering opportunities for young women and communities often underrepresented in the engineering field.”
Biomedical Engineering Innovation is a first-year undergraduate engineering course that is designed to introduce engineering thought and problem-solving techniques to high-school students. The objective is to give students a more informed image of the engineering profession and its potential as a career choice. This asynchronous course will be taught by a Johns Hopkins instructor and facilitated on campus by an RPCS teacher.
Students in the course will have the opportunity to visit the Johns Hopkins campus, tour the DaVinci surgical robot and laboratory, attend an admissions informational session, and have access to the Johns Hopkins online databases for research purposes. Successful completion of the Biomedical Engineering Innovation course will result in a Johns Hopkins University transcript of 3 credits, in addition to RPCS advanced placement credit. Applications will be available for eligible students during course selections, and will be reviewed and approved by both RPCS and Johns Hopkins University.
About The Holliday Heine STEM Institute
This exciting offering is one of many new programs supported by The Holliday Heine STEM Institute. Through a generous gift to the school in January 2020, the late Holliday “Holly” Cross Heine, 1962 and her husband John “Jack” C. Heine of Santa Barbara, California endowed Roland Park Country School’s STEM Institute and two Director positions to provide leadership within it. Holly’s legacy lives on as the Institute has recently been named The Holliday Heine STEM Institute, in honor of her passion for women in science.
Thanks to the Heine’s generous investment, RPCS is also able to fund in perpetuity a K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Director and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Institute Director, which are now also named in her honor. There are currently 65 students enrolled in The Holliday Heine STEM Institute, including 22 ninth graders, the largest number of students in one grade.
Middle School STEAM Programming at RPCS
The Middle School will also be enhancing its STEAM offerings, focusing primarily on building design thinking and programming knowledge to further develop our Middle School students’ creative, critical and problem-solving skills. The new program offers students the opportunity to think more deeply about complex problems. Specifically:
  • 6th Grade Design for Play: World building and Video Game Design
  • 7th Grade UX design: App Development
  • 8th Grade Transformative Design: Human-Centered Design and Engineering
“Through these new programs in the secondary levels, we hope to spark our students’ curiosity and deepen their entrepreneurial and design thinking mindsets,” said Keya Robinson, The Holliday Heine K-8 STEAM Director. “Working side by side with students, teachers, and the local community, we are excited and ready to spearhead these initiatives.”
Learn more about the STEM and STEAM offerings at RPCS.