During this meeting members learned about the Linkedin platform and how it can be utilized as a tool to help build their personal brand to highlight special projects they have worked on in high school, work experience and volunteer experience which is particularly important for higher education scholarship consideration. Kim Medina, Admissions Director for Colorado School of Mines, joined the second half of our meeting and discussed the college application process and suggestions of what to include and what to avoid on college applications. Kim also shared information about their upcoming Girls Lead the Way event in February 2019 where students get to experience day in the life of a college student and pursuing a degree in STEM.
Our high school girls have been learning about the bioengineering industry throughout this fall semester and got an inside peek at a local bioengineering company located in Littleton; 3D Systems Healthcare. The girls learned about all the different types of 3D printers and how they are utilized to assist doctors with surgery and more. The girls also experienced a surgery simulator, laser printer and 3D haptics related to patient care. 3D Systems Healthcare is on the cutting edge of technology and changing the medical industry and patient care.
This was our third member meeting. We did a quick review of the Design Process to catch everyone up. We had two amazing women, Teresa and Stacey, join our meeting. Both Teresa and Stacey utilize wheelchairs for mobility and Stacey brought her service dog. Teresa and Stacey provided information about their needs to be able to access a doggie treat dispenser and the girls shared their thoughts about their own designs and asked some great questions. This interactive conversation provided the girls with feedback to incorporate back into their designs. After the Q&A portion of the meeting, the Student Officers suggested and facilitated combining the smaller teams into a large group for collaboration and share ideas as they continue the design process. It was so great to see the girls energized and excited about the project after meeting Teresa & Stacey! Our mentors continue to help guide and answer questions as well. For access to the project outline and requirements, click on this: "Doggie Treat Dispenser".
Thank you Teresa and Stacey (and Cavalier too) for joining us!
High school girls visited Viasat Inc. last Friday for their annual Tech Trek event designed to provide a fun and engaging experience to explore STEM career opportunities within a prominent global communications company. Students enjoyed hands-on activities including "Point & Peak" (pictured here), binary bracelets and networking with the STEM professionals of ViaSat. Thank you to ViaSat for providing this event to excite the next generation of girls to consider a career in global communications!
This was our second member meeting. We shared where we are at with the project and some of the challenges encountered so far. We discussed slowing down the project and reviewing the Design Process and how to apply it to the Doggie Treat Dispenser project. Each team was provided with a handout to build a “blue print”. Our mentors brought a variety of materials to sift through to help each us determine what we might want to use for our dispenser. We continued to work on our designs to create a prototype and assess current design. For girls still in need of access to the project outline and requirements, click on this: "Doggie Treat Dispenser".
The Design Process is an Iterative Process
NOTE: A second mentor workshop available for students on October 11th; email sent with additional information.
Next meeting is October 20th from 10:30am-noon at the Microsoft Store - Park Meadows. We will continue to work on our prototypes and consider mechanical and electronic control options.
It was so great to see familiar faces from last year and all the new faces joining our high school chapter this year! We spent some time getting to know each other and then dove right into our Assistive Technology Project to design a "Doggie Treat Dispenser". This project was presented as a 3-Phase project structured to provide a good understanding of what bioengineering encompasses in a fun, creative way.
Mandy Perras discussing her undergraduate degree in bioengineering
Meet our Professionals
MS/BS Bioengineering Student: Mandy Perras; LinkedIN profile
Family Physician and Population Health Practitioner: Alicen Nelson; LinkedIN profile
Meet our Mentors
Vanessa Martin-Wegryn - Mechanical Engineer
Emily Jaeger - Civil Engineer
Kamee Florendo - Mechanical Engineer
Kristi Steinhilber - Meteorologist