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Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps Joseph Seta, Eric G. Meyer and Mansoor NasirBiomedical Engineering (BME) is a relatively new addition to the traditional engineering schoolsand the number of academic institutions offering Bachelors (BS) degree in BME is everincreasing. However, the graduating high school students have varied perceptions about what aBS in BME entails. This includes an unclear understanding of BME concentrations, the type ofcourses taken by BME undergraduates and the future jobs filled by Biomedical Engineers. Partof the reason for this is because many BME departments are still in the process of finding theright mix of classes that cover both engineering and biological sciences. The other may be theinherent wide range of topics that can be classified as BME.The authors of this abstract are affiliated with a regional technical university that emphasizesengineering pedagogy. The university offers many outreach activities where high schoolstudents have an opportunity to learn and experience different engineering degrees. Thisabstract highlights the efforts of the authors to introduce BME to high school students throughthe week-long summer camp. The goal of the summer camp is to give the participants anopportunity to explore the role of biomedical engineers in ‘designing procedures andequipment that assist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury’. Theparticipants in these camps have different backgrounds and motivations for being there andtechnical information must be inclusive and presented in an engaging and informative mannerusing a variety of media. The best methodology of conducting such camps is to introduce thedifferent areas of BME through a combination of oral presentations, hands-on activities, toursand discussions of future opportunities. Some of the BME areas in this summer camp werebiomechanics, bioMEMS, microfluidics and medical sensors. Of the 16 students that attended,14 students responded in the exit survey. 71% of student rated the summer camp as good and57% said that they will probably recommend the camp to others. The students were alsosurveyed about the specific hands-on activities and provided vital feedback about the ones thatwere popular and the ones which were not well-received.Ultimately, the success of such activities lies in providing a glimpse of the basic engineeringdesign tools and instrumentation used in medical settings and by getting the participantsenthusiastic about pursuing a postsecondary degree in an emerging engineering field that aimsat enhancing the quality of life.
Nasir, M., & Seta, J., & Meyer, E. G. (2014, June), Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20701
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