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Middle School Outreach. Steve Johnson Buenaventura Chapter, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society August, 2007. Chapter Officers Pat Jacobs Brian Rasnow Mike Shaw David Steinmeier IEEE Foundation Grant #2006-007. Cal Lutheran University Students Joshua Lee * Thomas Estus *

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middle school outreach

Middle School Outreach

Steve Johnson

Buenaventura Chapter,

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

August, 2007

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

Acknowledgements
summary
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.
funding
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 Foundation’s June meeting.
why middle school students
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. 
course materials
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

ecg demonstration
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.
results
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
  • We’ve been invited back for the 2007-2008 school year!