In Fall 2020, Acera piloted the Measures for Health in Schools (MHS) in partnership with One Brave Idea™(OBI), an $85M research and innovation initiative co-founded by the American Heart Association and Verily, with significant support from AstraZeneca and Quest Diagnostics.
The study involved cutting-edge, standards-aligned science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula and positioned youth both as researchers of and contributors to real, impactful research. Students explored the associations between activity, heart rate, sleep, emotional states, and student experiences of pandemic-era schooling. Data was collected through app-based surveys triggered by time of day.
Following this successful pilot, AceraEI is making this rich learning experience accessible to more districts.
Both study participants and non-participants engaged in curricular activities on cardiovascular health, wearable technology, and data analysis. Students learned about heart anatomy, standard measurements from a physical exam (e.g.: BP, BMI, LDL, HDL), common cardiovascular diseases, and understood the relationship between heart rate and activity.
The wearable technologies session introduced students to the growing field of wearable technology in and beyond health applications. Students were asked to consider questions about what wearable technology is and how it impacts people, and how it can benefit our own health and help us build our quantified-self — a data-driven self-portrait of one’s own health data. Students demonstrated their knowledge of wearable technology by generating ideas of devices that can help people.
Finally, students explored key ideas for thinking statistically and visualizing data. Using de-identified data sets, students learned how to bring interesting, meaningful features out of data. Students developed insight into the relationship between body and mind, while developing 21st century skills and awareness of health-promoting behaviors.