Integrating Cardiovascular Engineering and Biofluid Mechanics in High School STEM Education: An Experiential Approach

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Department of Biomedical Engineering; Health Research Institute; Institute of Computing and Cybersystems


STEM education workshops and programs play a key role in promoting early exposure to scientific applications and questions, early engagement that leads to growing not only interest in science but also passion and skill development including hands-on learning and critical thinking. Integrating physiology and engineering together is necessary especially to promote health technology awareness and introduce the young generation to areas where innovation is needed and where there is no separation between health-related matters and engineering methods and applications. To achieve this, we created a workshop aimed at K-12 (grades 9 - 11) students as part of the Summer Youth Programs at Michigan Technological University. The aim of this workshop was to expose students to how engineering concepts and methods translate into health and medicine related applications and cases. The program consisted of a total of 15 hours and was divided into 3 sections over a period of 2 weeks. It involved a combination of theoretical and hands-on guided activities that we developed. At the end of the workshop, the students were handed a lesson-specific assessment sheet and a whole workshop-specific assessment sheet to fill. They rated the programs from 1 to 5, and provided comments and feedback on what can be improved in the future. Conclusively, this STEM summer-youth program was a successful experience with many opportunities that will contribute to the continued improvement of the workshop in the future.

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Journal of biomechanical engineering