STEM at Stead: Science Worth Exploring

STEM at Stead aims to provide patients in the Child/ Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital with experiments and discussion materials to broaden their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. There will be four experiments organized into kits with three levels of discussion materials included. The four experiments involve building a catapult, creating a storm in a jar, making a bouncy ball, and constructing a miniature volcano. The discussion materials will be provided for beginner, practiced, and advanced students for each experiment following standards outlined by the Iowa Core. The goal of STEM at Stead is to create fun and effective learning opportunities that are otherwise being missed in school due to the patients’ absence during their stay in the hospital.

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Aubree is a senior from Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently pursuing a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering and a B.B.A. in Business Analytics. She conducted research at the hospital with Professor Priyadarshini Pennathur and Joe Greiner APN over the 2017-2018 school year concerning clinical alarms and patient safety. She published her thesis, “Clinical Alarms Management in the Intermediate Cardiology and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics,” in the Spring of 2018. She currently works as a Lean Management Engineering Intern for the Office of Operations Excellence at UIHC and is passionate about optimizing the safety and efficiency of the patient experience.