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CardioStart: Development and Implementation of a Tissue Engineering Summer High School Program
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) high school summer programs have been shown to be effective at introducing students to research experiences; however, insufficient program capacities in implementing and designing these programs are still major limitations. Among STEM programs, tissue engineering remains an especially difficult challenge as cell culture requires many resources that are found only in specific laboratory settings. We aimed to develop an adaptable and scalable summer tissue engineering program, CardioStart, in order to increase tissue engineering knowledge and maximize program efficiency. Students were enrolled in either a three-week, six-week, or ten-week iteration of CardioStart that took place every summer from 2014-2019. The three-week and six-week programs consisted of seminars, hands-on lab work, tissue engineering modules, and communication modules. The ten-week program excluded hands-on activities but included data analysis. To evaluate the effectiveness of CardioStart, pre- and post-assessments were given to the students and comments were collected from the staff on the overall program effectiveness. Students’ assessments showed improved tissue engineering and communication skills across all three programs as well as an interest in pursuing tissue engineering as an undergraduate degree. In addition, students that participated in the ten-week program also stated they wanted hands-on experiences to supplement the modules. Staff commented that the six-week and ten-week program was time-consuming while the three-week iteration was more easily managed and could be adapted for use by other engineering laboratories. To further improve CardioStart, tissue engineering workshops could be converted to online modules that would supplement hands-on experiences, thus streamlining the program and increasing the accessibility of tissue engineering programs.
Naik, J., & Lundqvist, E. M., & King, C. E., & Grosberg, A. (2020, June), CardioStart: Development and Implementation of a Tissue Engineering Summer High School Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34259
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