Medical Academy Students Receive Exclusive Opportunity to Work With Jack Andraka

Students from Huntley High School’s Medical Academy will spend Wednesday, March 11, listening to and working with Jack Andraka at Northern Illinois University. Andraka, the now-19-year-old scientist who at 15 invented a potentially lifesaving cancer test, is on tour promoting his book Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World.

Students first will attend a Q&A session with Andraka, then will work through STEM activities outlined in the book and explore Andraka’s research with a team of experts from NIU.

The program will run from 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

The HHS Medical Academy provides opportunities to help prepare students for admission to collegiate medical training programs and careers in the medical profession. The Academy combines the foundation of medical knowledge with real world experiences, offering courses such as Medical Skills and Services, Physical Therapy, First Responder Training, Medical Spanish and English, Sports Medicine, Medical Ethics, Medical Foods, Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations.

Andraka has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC, CBS, CNN, and the Colbert Report, among many other media appearances. His 2013 TED Talk has been viewed nearly 4 million times. To learn more about Andraka, visit

The program is being hosted by the STEM Read program at NIU. For more information about STEM Read, visit