The students at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School got a taste of what it is like to be in a college classroom when professors from Mercy College paid a visit to the school on Tuesday, April 15.

Students learned about blood pressure, how to measure it and what role the heart plays in pumping blood through the body. They also learned how different physical activities can have an affect on a person’s blood pressure.

The activity went hand-in-hand with the Stritch’s biomedical curriculum, which also focuses on the heart and blood pressure.

“We looked at the curriculum of what our students are experiencing in bio-med and what Mercy has to offer. So at this time of the year, learning about the heart was really the best idea,” said John Agostinelli, the STEMM Coordinator at CSCHS.

To gain real-life experience of what it is like to be in the medical field, students measured the blood pressure of their peers and recorded the information. They then measured each other’s blood pressure again after doing exercises that would cause the heart to pump more blood through the body.

After collecting the data and studying it, CSCHS students then answered a series of questions about the affects activities have on the heart and blood pressure.

Agostinelli said this was not only a great chance to learn about the medical field, but also a key opportunity to learn what it is like to be in the college classroom as well.

“I think they are getting excited about college,” said Agostinelli. “I think this really got them to say ‘Wow, I’m doing college work in my time at Stritch.’”