Hughston News

Girls Inc. at Hughston On Friday, June 28, 2019, twenty girls from Girls Inc. visited the Hughston Foundation for a day of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. The Foundation specifically developed a STEAM program for the children’s grade level and geared it toward medicine.

After an introduction and welcome in the auditorium, the students were divided into 5 groups and then the groups rotated every 45 minutes so everyone had a chance to experience each activity. During lunch, the children ate pizza and talked about what they learned and spent some time looking at their finished work that was on display.

In the science lab, the students mixed vinegar and baking soda in small water bottles and watched the chemical reaction blow up balloons. Then the instructor demonstrated how chemistry is used medically by applying a cast to the instructor’s foot and ankle using the soft, pliable materials that becomes hard. For fun, the kids helped cut the cast off using a casting saw. In the Surgical Education Center, the students practiced on a knee model using arthroscopy equipment to perform surgery. The goal was to locate and then remove popcorn kernels simulating “loose bodies” from within the knee joint. The children also practiced using an ArthroboxTM, an arthroscopy-training tool, which uses a computer, a plastic box with portals, and specialized instruments to help with hand-eye coordination needed to perform arthroscopic surgery. The children also watched a presentation about how technology is used in the medical field.

In the Engineering lab the students learned about concussions. After a brief discussion about how concussions occur, the students designed a protective helmet for an egg, which simulated their brain. Each student used recyclable materials to create it, and then they put it to the test. With their egg protected, they first dropped it at arm’s length. If their egg and apparatus survived, they dropped it off the second-story balcony to the floor below. Many of the students successfully created devices that survived both drops.

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