In collaboration with the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the J Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering hosted an educational outreach event for students from K-12 to foster diversity and inspire the next generation of engineers.
This one-day event hosted 44 students from Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida and featured hands-on activities, presentations, and tours of engineering labs. Dr. Sarah Rowlinson, UF BME Lecturer & Undergraduate Coordinator, and BME undergraduate students facilitated hands-on activities in the Cellular Engineering Lab in the Biomedical Sciences Building.
Over the course of an hour, participating students completed three hands-on activities: (1) a tissue guess quest where histological samples were observed through a microscope and students guessed the tissue type, (2) an EEG game where students placed an electrode on the forehead to control movement of an external device, and (3) a candy-based radioactive decay model to illustrate isotope half-life. Students learned how biomedical engineers (1) try to regenerate tissues in the lab, (2) create brain-computer interfaces to improve paralyzed patient quality of life, and (3) create medical imaging modalities.
BME undergraduate students who assisted:
Alaina McCumber (BMES Director of Outreach)
Rachel Peebles (BMES Director of Research & Design)
Fiona Cheung (BMES member)
Arman Tabarestani (BMEntor)
Patrick Costello (BMES member)