STEM at Stead: Bringing STEM to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The average length of stay of pediatric patients at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is 9.96 days. This average is greater than the length of stay for adult patients in comparable units. As a result of their extended or frequent visits to the hospital pediatric patient often can miss these key lessons that ultimately inspire higher learning in STEM. Angela worked closely with the Child Life Specialist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to bring a variety of STEM activities to the pediatric patients. She did so in the form a ‘Science Nights”, each highlighting one area of STEM, such as Engineering, Astronomy and Chemistry.

Through her project, Angela hopes to provide an experience in which children can explore STEM by running the experiments themselves, much like what they would experience if they were in a science lab course. With the help of other student volunteers and the generosity of local partners, she hopes to inspire these children to learn more about science.

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Angela is a fourth-year student from Moline, Illinois. She is currently pursuing a B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa College of Engineering. She has worked in Dr. E. Abel’s laboratory for the past three and a half years. She has been working to better understand the correlation between obesity and diabetes by analyzing the effects of mitochondrial stress. She will be starting a Medical Scientist Training Program in the fall to continue to pursue her love of science and medicine. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and board games with her friends, running, and cheering on the Hawkeyes!
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