This program was inspired by STEM Rx kits piloted last year at Hillcrest, St. Francis Children’s Hospital and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The goal of both programs is to provide STEM programming to students in a hospital setting; whether receiving care or children/siblings of patients. STEM Rx kits are small pre-packaged kits families can check-out at hospitals that include directions, books and materials for small STEM activities. One such activity is building a lung-powered car kids would need to blow through straws to make the car move. Hence, we try to include physical therapy in the STEM programming when possible. After receiving valuable, positive feedback from the self-guided STEM Rx kits, we thought about taking the program a step further this year and providing once-a-month outreach to patients and/or children/siblings of patients. We appreciate St. Francis Children’s Hospital for being the pilot site for the STEM Take-Over Tuesdays.
Tulsa Engineering Foundation, Society of Women Engineers and TU Mechanical Engineering Department volunteers will work with TRSA on coordinating curriculum that promotes our passions as well as meets the needs and necessary considerations when working with students in a hospital setting.