Kits help lo­cal stu­dents with STEM ed­u­ca­tion

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Stu­dents at Span­ish Fork Ju­nior High School re­cently had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence hands-on Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing their ca­reer and col­lege course. Ca­reer, Tech­nol­ogy and Ed­u­ca­tion In­struc­tor Tif­fany My­ers demon­strated dif­fer­ent health care con­cepts and ca­reers in her class.

Us­ing a STEM ed­u­ca­tion kit do­nated by Cen­tral Utah Clinic and the Utah STEM Ac­tion Cen­ter, My­ers gave her stu­dents a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. The kit in­cluded ma­te­ri­als con­sid­ered to be luxury items or costly for teach­ers and schools to pur­chase.

“The STEM kits from Cen­tral Utah Clinic were filled with items per­fect for the CTE in­tro­duc­tion course, a nice mix of both con­sum­able sup­plies such as plas­tic pipettes as well as an anatomy model and other ob­jects teach­ers can use over and over again,” said Lana Hiskey, com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist at Nebo School Dis­trict. “Teach­ers in all of our ju­nior highs were ex­cited about re­ceiv­ing the kits.”

My­ers demon­strated DNA ex­trac­tion of a straw­berry with vials and pipettes, showed an anatomy model, used glogerm to ex­plain how viruses and bac­te­ria spread and an­swered trivia ques­tions with the clever-catch ball.

“The stu­dents seem to be very re­spon­sive and en­gaged when us­ing the items,” My­ers said. “It is also my opin­ion that stu­dents learn best when us­ing hands-on ex­am­ples.”

Stu­dents in Myer’s class­room had a chance to par­tic­i­pate in the ex­per­i­ments, ask ques­tions and try out each of the new tools in the kit.

“My fa­vorite part was play­ing with the ball, ask­ing all the ques­tions and fig­ur­ing out the an­swers,” said sev­enth-grader Cait­lyn Er­win.

The STEM kits were pro­vided to mid­dle school teach­ers in Utah, We­ber and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties. In to­tal, Cen­tral Utah Clinic and the STEM Ac­tion Cen­ter dis­trib­uted 100 kits.

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