PSLA at Fowler students get hands-on experience with search and rescue simulation

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FABIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Its hands-on learning that very few high schoolers get to experience.

On Monday, close to one-hundred students from PSLA at Fowler learned the ins and outs of search and rescue, via a simulation.

“It’s definitely not memorization or anything like that. The kids prefer hands-on learning and it’s something they can use and something they wouldn’t get sitting in a classroom all day,” said Jessica Tiefke a Geospatial Teacher at Fowler.

This is the third year students have been able to participate in the simulation and Tiefke said each year the program has grown.

The mission is to find an injured patient lost in a cornfield using a drone team and first responders. Despite receiving some guidance from professionals early on, the entire mission is student-run.

“Whenever an EMT needed help, we would call for help. When someone was tired or losing grip, we’d help them out. You learn a lot about real-life problems and learn what to do in certain serious situations,” said Sophomore Jymonnie Bailey.

The goal of the simulation is to teach students how to apply classroom skills like drone technology and geospatial mapping in the real world. EMT, fire rescue and forensic science students are also involved to show how different professions interact and communicate every day.

“Our drones are the same ones used by professionals. We have thermal sensors. The students work together and apply real-world skills just like you would to try and save somebody,” said Tiefke.

The search and rescue simulation is part of PSLA at Fowler’s Career and Technical Education Program, or CTE Program, and is usually only available to junior and senior students.

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