EWH Announces North Carolina K-12 STEM Program to Inspire Young People


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Engineering World Health Announces North Carolina K-12 STEM Program to Inspire More Young People to Pursue Careers in Science

  • Program offered at N.C. State Summer Camp, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys & Girls Scouts of America
  • 1,000 children in K-12 participated to date
  • Currently offered in North Carolina with Biogen Idec Foundation
  • Engineering World Health planning national growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND DURHAM, N.C.—July 29, 2014—Engineering World Health (EWH; www.ewh.org), an organization committed to inspiring, educating, and empowering the biomedical engineering community to improve global healthcare delivery in the developing world, today announced the launch of its STEM program. The program’s mission is to draw K-12 students to the study of science, technology, engineering and math, inspiring future generations of biomedical engineers to take on the challenges of healthcare technology in the developing world.

“We think it’s vital to work with young people to spark their interest in the STEM fields,” said Leslie Calman, Ph.D., CEO of Engineering World Health. She added, “Healthcare needs, both in the U.S. and the developing world, are great and so too is the need for young people, particularly girls and children of diverse cultures, to commit to a career in the STEM fields to meet those challenges.”

University of Portland Chapter goes to Haiti!

Written by Maldeep Kanghati pic

As the co-founder and former president of the EWH Chapter at the University of Portland, I helped organize an international volunteer excursion to Haiti in June at Hospital Bernard Mevs. Our week in Haiti proved very successful, thanks to the help of both BETA International and Project Medishare. The trip was life-changing for the five members of our chapter. Given the recent severe outbreak of Chikungunya virus in Haiti, which had already affected many members of the Hospital staff, the group volunteered at a time of high risk.

BMET Cambodia Welcomes Dhritiman Das!

By Claire Duvallet

In March, EWH Cambodia welcomed a new addition, Dhritiman Das. Das came straight from Ghana, where he had been working with technicians to set up five Centers of Excellence in hospitals around the country. He joined EWH Cambodia as a teacher/mentor and got straight to work, teaching skin anatomy in preparation for his course of patient monitors, ECG, and defibrillators.

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Das teaches Cambodian BMET students

June Newsletter: Kits, Exams, & Smiles!

June 2014

Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

News From Around The World:

It's summer in North Carolina but that doesn't keep us out of school! Dr. Carlos Amaral has been busy bringing STEM education to K-12 students in the Research Triangle area with our newest kits. Meanwhile, in Honduras, our BMET training team has been developing a certification exam for graduates of the program.

Building Heart Rate Monitors in North Carolina

Dr. Carlos Amaral has been busy bringing engineering to middle school students in and around the Research Triangle area in North Carolina.

Recently, Carlos’s students have been building optical heart rate monitors. First, students learn some anatomy. Why would doctors want to know a patient’s heart rate? What is arrhythmia? Then they get into the engineering! Using resistors, capacitors, and sensors, students build working heart rate monitors. The activity’s handouts include detailed descriptions and pictures explaining how each part of the heart rate monitor functions. The optical sensor works, the handout tells us, by picking up changes in the LED light reflecting off our finger bones. Those changes are caused by our pulse expanding the diameter of our arteries, allowing the optical sensor to read our heart rate.

Youth Handout-Heart Rate Monitor

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