Hands-on STEM activities provided an amazing opportunity for Black and Brown K-12 students to learn about their bodies and the medical profession
— Dr. Calvin Mackie
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA, November 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hands-on STEM activities provided an amazing opportunity for black and brown students
STEM Global Action (SGA) Main Affiliate, STEM NOLA, in partnership with Ochsner Health System hosted a “STEM Saturday” that helped kids learn about their heart and circulatory system, including how their pulse, blood flow, valves and chambers work together to pump blood throughout their bodies.
Children attending the event dissected sheep hearts, were exposed to technology with model hearts printed on a 3D printer, learned about the inside of the heart and circulatory system through virtual reality, and left with their own mechanical heart that they built. Medical professionals from Ochsner, along with university interns, guided the students through the activities.
“We want kids to be interested in STEM fields,” said Dr. Calvin Mackie, Founder of SGA and STEM NOLA. “The people running these activities are like them. Our children need to know that they can become health professionals, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, researchers or robotic engineers. These are the building blocks of a future pipeline of STEM talent, workers, and professionals in New Orleans.
More than 150 K-12 students attended the Saturday morning event at the Lyon Recreation Center in the East Riverside neighborhood. Dr. Mackie’s groundbreaking programs engage black and brown students in their communities.
“You just see the excitement in their eyes and you know that today they are inspired and will grow as a result of what is happening here,” said Sunni LeBeouf, Ochsner Health System Asst. Vice President for Public Affairs. “As part of our healthy state initiative, we want to make sure that young people are exposed to careers in STEM and healthcare. So this is a wonderful opportunity to invest in the community, but also to make sure we expose our young people to opportunities in healthcare.”
One parent, Keisha Ridgeley-Kolar, called the event “fantastic”. She was thrilled that her sons were exposed to this kind of hands-on learning and were able to enter medical professions. “My two youngest are interested in the medical field and they have dedicated their Saturday, and we all know providers don’t have a lot of time anyway, so it’s great that they take the time to come and help and participate. ”
His son Kolston is inspired to become a doctor.
“I really want to be a doctor, and this program can help people who don’t have great science teachers or want to learn more about the human body,” Kolston said. “It’s about experimenting, testing everything and learning new things.”
ABOUT STEM GLOBAL ACTION
Dr. Calvin Mackie founded STEM NOLA in 2013. The New Orleans nonprofit is committed to expanding STEM education, especially in communities of color. In July 2021, Dr Mackie launched STEM Global Action, a campaign and network pursuing STEM education for children, parents and communities. Its initiatives have impacted more than 100,000 students, 20,000 families, and 5,100 schools across the United States and in five countries. An archive of Episodes of the Let’s Talk STEM podcast with Dr. Calvin Mackie are HERE.
The STEM Global Action website includes:
STEM Global Action Today (https://stemglobalaction.com/stem-global-action-today/), a newsletter featuring comprehensive articles on some of the most important STEM issues and takes readers into the lives of STEM educators and their extraordinary students, who will be the STEM leaders of tomorrow.
Global STEM Action Data Center (https://stemglobalaction.com/stem-data-center/), a one-stop resource library for STEM studies, reports, video presentations and news coverage.
Michael K. Frisby
Frisby & Associates
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