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CardioStart: Development and Implementation of a Tissue Engineering Summer High School Program

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Introduction to the Field of Biomedical Engineering - June 25th

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Biomedical Engineering

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18

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10.18260/1-2--34259

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https://peer.asee.org/34259

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Jasmine Naik University of California, Irvine Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1228-180X

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Jasmine Naik is currently a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California Irvine. She is working under the guidance of Dr. Anna Grosberg in the Cardiovascular Modeling Laboratory. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., she received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. Throughout her years of schooling, she has become passionate about teaching and education research.

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Emil Martin Lundqvist University of California, Irvine

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Emil Lundqvist graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Premedical. He has conducted research with the Cardiovascular Modeling Laboratory in the field of cardiovascular biomechanics and currently works as the Core Laboratory Manager at the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology.

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Christine E. King University of California, Irvine

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Dr. Christine King is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. She received her BS and MS from Manhattan College in Mechanical Engineering and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine, where she developed brain-computer interface systems for neurorehabilitation. She was a post-doctorate in the Wireless Health Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a research manager in the Center for SMART Health, where she focused on wireless health monitoring for stroke and pediatric asthma. Her current research is on engineering education, specializing in pedagogy strategies to promote learning in design-build-test courses, including senior design, computer programming, and computer-aided-design courses.

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Anna Grosberg University of California, Irvine

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Anna Grosberg received her PhD from California Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Mory Gharib, where she created a computational model of the myocardium mechanics. She was then a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in Professor Kit Parker's Disease Biophysics Group, where she worked on both computational modeling of cellular self-assembly and experimental tissue engineering device design. She started her faculty position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2012, and she is a core member of The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. She also has a joint appointment with Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and is part of the Center for Complex Biological Systems. The Grosberg lab, the Cardiovascular Modeling Laboratory, focuses on using both computational and experimental methods to investigate the structure, dynamics, and function of the heart at multiple length-scales.

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Abstract

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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