This fall at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, mechanical engineering PhD student and GK-12 TEAMS Fellow Brandi Jackson Briggs is teaching a semester-long biomedical engineering course for the school's Pre-Engineering Academy.
The course focuses on how engineering contributes to society through the design of a remote-controlled, motorized device that explores the abdominal cavity in search of endometriosis. The unique design of the abdominal cavity itself simulates the real look and feel of a human abdomen. The 30 Centaurus High School students have found the project to be an exciting application of engineering and now think of biomedical engineering as a possible career interest.
The biomedical project, created by Briggs and former GK-12 Fellow Ben Terry, also a mechanical engineering PhD student, has been developed into a multi-lesson curriculum, "Next Generation Surgical Tools," that will soon be available on TeachEngineeering.org, the NSF-funded digital library collection developed under the leadership of Associate Dean Jacquelyn Sullivan.