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June 19, 2019
Rising high school seniors from all over the country take summer college courses as a trial run for choosing potential majors before applying to colleges. In the initial offering of the summer course described in this paper, high school seniors took a six week, introductory, project-based course in biomedical engineering (BME). This introductory course incorporated both engineering design and clinical applications. Students were introduced to basic principles of BME design by exposure to the process of designing a medical device and its pathway to market. Students learned engineering design principles, hands-on skills, and built a medical device prototype in a course-long project. Teams with diverse STEM backgrounds were deliberately created to encourage discussion and collaboration. The course also included field trips and guest lecturers to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of BME, as well as multiple oral presentations. At the beginning and end of this initial course offering, evaluations were completed to gauge the course’s effectiveness in teaching students about BME. These results demonstrate successful approaches and provide feedback for improving future introductory summer high school BME courses.
Lai, A., & Soohoo, E., & Nelson, D. L., & Zapanta, C. M. (2019, June), Board 7: Work in Progress: Approaches to Introduce Biomedical Engineering Design to a Class with Diverse STEM Backgrounds Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32410
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