STEM Global: Bringing Global Health to Local Teachers

Three weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity of presenting at Washington Global Health Alliance’s 2nd STEM Global Educator Workshop. This all-day workshop was held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center and conference facilities. We were joined by secondary educators from as far away as Onalaska and Arlington as well as representatives of many of Seattle’s global health research organizations. In the morning, I engaged participants in a discussion of why contemporary science topics like global health are important for our students. In the afternoon, I led a fun design challenge in which participants designed and built models of vehicles with K’NEX that were capable of traversing rough terrain to deliver vaccines to remote villages (presented on behalf of Pacific Science Center).

Over the past year, I have partnered with STEM Global to support local global health organizations in the design of curriculum materials for secondary science teachers. I have collaborated with staff from PATH, Fred Hutch, Pacific Science Center, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, and the BMGF Discovery Center. Together, we’ve created lesson materials around global health topics, including the global burden of cancer, ELISA testing for HIV, health impacts from air pollution, and data science. We’ve also engaged educators in engineering design challenges related to innovative methods for delivering vaccines, blood, and medications. Global health topics offer fantastic interdisciplinary connections between science, technology, engineering, and humanities.

All of these lesson materials are now available on the STEM Global website. Check them out and bring global health topics to your own students!









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