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Title: Middle School Outreach


1
Middle School Outreach
  • Steve Johnson
  • Buenaventura Chapter,
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • August, 2007

2
Acknowledgements
  • Chapter Officers
  • Pat Jacobs
  • Brian Rasnow
  • Mike Shaw
  • David Steinmeier
  • IEEE Foundation Grant 2006-007
  • Cal Lutheran University Students
  • Joshua Lee
  • Thomas Estus
  • Gregory Johnson
  • Stephen Roberts
  • Corey Russo
  • Abigail Corrin
  • Presenters

3
Summary
  • Our chapter introduced biomedicalengineering to
    7th grade students throughan entertaining road
    show.
  • We present familiar medical tools, explain how
    engineers help people by designing them. 
  • We have presented the program to over 400
    middle-school students in southern California. 
  • The presenters are students from the Cal Lutheran
    University (CLU) student chapter of IEEE-EMBS.
  • The initiative was funded by IEEE Foundation
    Grant 2006-007.

4
Funding
  • The initiative was conceived, and grant proposal
    written to the IEEE Foundation in 2005.
  • The IEEE Foundation fundedthe grant in early
    2006.
  • Details of the implementationof the program
    changed dur-ing development we kept theIEEE
    Foundation updated through quarterly progress
    reports.
  • We received permission to extend expenditures
    into 2007.
  • We filed a Project Completion Report in 2007,
    which was accepted at the Foundations June
    meeting.

5
Why Middle School Students?
  • Middle School students are intellectually
    curious, energetic, and fun. We hoped to
    harness that sense of enthusiasm through our
    roadshow.
  • Middle School students are advanced enough to
    understand basic engineeringand scientific
    principles. 
  • After Middle School, kids steer away from
    engineering, math, and the sciences. We hoped to
    intervene.
  • In the United States, the 7th grade curriculum is
    particularly appropriate, as it focuses on
    physiology, anatomy, and the scientific method. 

6
Course Materials
  • Chapter officers prepared the lesson plan using
    the California standard format.
  • Students at California Lutheran University's
    Bioengineering Program developed the
    presentation materials and script, assigned
    roles, and conducted rehearsals prior to the
    presentations.
  • The presentation is about 45 minutes long,
    combining didactic, interactive, and hands-on
    elements. 
  • Lesson Plan and Presentation are available at
  • www.bv-embs-chapter.com

7
ECG Demonstration
  • To make the lesson more tangible, we purchased a
    BioPac Science Lab kit to display the students'
    own ECG signals.
  • We had many volunteers during our presentations.
  • The student presenters enjoyed practicing with
    the ECG.

8
Results
  • School District officials have been enthusiastic!
  • They've been impressed with
  • preparation of the lesson plan and presentation
    materials
  • alignment with the 7th grade curriculum
  • use of didactic, interactive, and hands-on
    learning modes
  • involvement and leadership of CLU bioengineering
    students
  • the fact that we had anticipated their needs in
    designing this to fit within a 45-minute class
    period
  • little advance prep required from the teachers
  • Weve been invited back for the 2007-2008 school
    year!
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