ABOUT JMA

Our Mission Statement:
Where Education Leads to Empowerment

Junior Medical Academy (JMA), a 501c(3) nonprofit established by high school students, is a platform dedicated to enriching the lives of children with various background through giving them exposure to the biological sciences. JMA partners with both local elementary schools, homeless/low-income shelters, Foster Care, and Tier I schools. For a duration of eight weeks, JMA members utilize a handcrafted, refined curriculum that contains interactive games, visuals, and songs that expand on the basics of biology. Such elements help ensure the children’s enjoyment as they learn and accommodate for different types of learners. Teacher guides, as well as other instructional material, are provided to the practicing members to maintain quality and consistency across different locations. Over the past two years, JMA has gained a volunteer force of over 50 students across the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and has reached over 200+ students in the Bay Area. Our core mission, at best, is to have the greatest impact on the most amount of students, with the hope of influencing them to pursue a STEM related career and be the doctors and scientists of tomorrow , or at the very least, is to give them a more solid grasp of Biology to succeed in the school environment.

Junior Medical Academy (JMA) is an educational nonprofit run by high school students and educators around the Bay Area.

For the purpose of nurturing children’s interests in biology and sparking a genuine passion in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, JMA works intensively with elementary school students ranging from grades K-6. The handcrafted curriculum that is used for these sessions is tested and proven to effectively communicate the concepts present within biology to students across a wide range of ages.

Instead of enforcing growth through memorization, JMA advocates for conceptual learning and learning through enjoyment, allowing students to truly understand what is being taught to them and to become passionate about learning. After all, when students begin to see learning as a chore, only fruitless results are made.

JMA’s philosophy runs around the idea that education is empowerment. Thus, JMA seeks to provide its services and resources to the public free of any charge. Funded strictly by donations and sponsorships, JMA maintains a zero compensation policy. All excess proceeds are directly allocated to the American Cancer Society for the purpose of contributing to cancer research, maximizing JMA’s positive impact, and giving back to the community.

Does your child have an interest in science? Does he/she like to ask questions about the world around them? If so, then JMA is the platform that can provide your child with the resources necessary to foster their desire to learn and put them on the road to pursuing a STEM related career in the near future

  • Biological Macromolecules (Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, Nucleic Acids)
  • Organelles (Parts of a cell: Nucleus, Chloroplasts, Mitochondria, Etc)
  • Cell Types (Plant Cell vs Animal Cell)
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration (Plant Mechanisms, Light cycle, Calvin Cycle, Introductory BioChemistry )
  • DNA and Genetics (Base Pairs, Genetic Code, Replication, Protein Production)
  • Mitosis and Cancer (Cell Division, Mutations, Basics of Cancer, Upcoming Cancer Treatment Methods)
  • BioMarkers and Genetic Engineering (Cloning, Cancer Therapies, BioMarkers)
  • Evolution (Natural Selection, Darwinian Theory, Survival of the Fittest)
  • BioDash Ultimate Simulation (Review Game Simulation of Lessons 1-8)
  • Interschool Bio-Jeopardy Competition

We will be covering the selected topics one week at a time.

The rough structure of the topic consists of:

1. First splitting kids off into divisions A, B, and C based on age. Next, splitting the kids in each division up into “factions” to compete against each other. For every question their faction can buzz in and answer, they get 100 points. The top 2 teams with the most points by the end of the day gets to participate in the Jeopardy Finals at the end of the class.

2. 15 minute review of the previously taught material. This is the time where generalized ideas and important concepts are repeatedly emphasized to help optimize retention.

3. The next 40 minutes is when the overall lesson is taught to all the club members through a powerpoint presentation displaying interactive visuals, audio, and materials. During this period of time, an interactive activity that expands on the learned material is presented to the club members.

4. The following 20 minutes will be used on private attention for each individual faction. The club members are free to ask any questions applicable to course including more advanced information. For younger divisions, teachers will slow down the material and go over general concepts, while for older divisions, teachers may introduce higher level ideas. This is also the time where instructors do a conceptual review of everything covered in the day and draw real world applications to how the material learned applies to the real world and ongoing scientific research and medical technology being used to save thousands of lives each day.

5. The final 15 minutes will be used to have a quick round of review jeopardy to help with memory retention, and to pass out prizes.

OUR TEAM

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats

Junior Medical Academy (JMA) is an educational nonprofit run by high school students and educators around the Bay Area.

For the purpose of nurturing children’s interests in biology and sparking a genuine passion in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, JMA works intensively with elementary school students ranging from grades K-6. The handcrafted curriculum that is used for these sessions is tested and proven to effectively communicate the concepts present within biology to students across a wide range of ages.
Instead of enforcing growth through memorization, JMA advocates for conceptual learning and learning through enjoyment, allowing students to truly understand what is being taught to them and to become passionate about learning. After all, when students begin to see learning as a chore, only fruitless results are made.
JMA’s philosophy runs around the idea that education is empowerment. Thus, JMA seeks to provide its services and resources to the public free of any charge. Funded strictly by donations and sponsorships, JMA maintains a zero compensation policy. All excess proceeds are directly allocated to providing educational materials, curricula, and/or schooling facilities for underprivilleged students in 3rd world countries and poorer, rural areas, maximizing JMA’s positive impact, and giving back to the community.
Does your child have an interest in science? Does he/she like to ask questions about the world around them? If so, then JMA is the platform that can provide your child with the resources necessary to foster their desire to learn and put them on the road to pursuing a STEM related career in the near future

 

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