This project's funding goal was not reached on May 10, 2014.
About this project
Mind Trekkers was created to bridge this ‘attraction gap’, reigniting the inquisitiveness in each student. Now, the Mind Trekkers have teamed up with Michigan Technological University’s Blue Marble student Enterprise Team to develop a hands-on activity to introduce students to the world of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. The project will allow students to learn about circuits, resistors, LEDs, and more as they solder each part onto their own circuit board. The product will be a functioning heart shaped circuit board hooked up to a 9V battery. Perimeter lights blink to the beat of your heart, providing a measurement of your heart rate taken through a node where you place your thumb. Just over 1,000 full kits will be created for assembly in classrooms and festivals across the US.
The high-energy informal STEM learning events make it cool to learn, giving students a place to discover their interests and aptitudes, helping them to define their future. These activities will be conducted at Mind Trekkers events from coast to coast, in both urban and rural communities. Lesson plans on how to construct these heart monitors will be posted on the Mind Trekkers website, allowing teachers, parents, or students to create their own EE/IT project. If funded, 1,000 students will have the opportunity to build a heart monitor by the end of 2014.
After the build, students can take their monitor with them to show their friends and explain to them exactly how it works. The creation of these by students will provide a ‘ripple effect’ in expanding the knowledge of EE and IT. Teach Once, Learn Twice!
Will it work? Yes. Pre/post surveys from our event participants found that 82.7% had an increased interest in pursuing STEM careers after attending. Middle school participants expressed significant increased interest in science (+29%), technology (+14%), engineering (+30%), and mathematics (+11%)
With your support, we can change the world by teaching young people how to create, innovate, and discover.
The Mind Trekkers team consists of volunteer undergraduate/graduate students, which have conducted or been a part of over 40 unique STEM Festivals over the past 3 years ranging from the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. (250,000+ participants) to the Bay Area Science Festival in San Francisco (25,000+ participants).. They focus on developing activities that engage students in hands-on learning activities, bringing the WOW! of STEM to the fingertips of youth.
For more videos on what Mind Trekkers is all about, click here.
Risks and challenges
Michigan Technological University has been conducting discovery-based hands-on focused programming for K-12 students for over 40 years. The foundation of the Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show and the Blue Marble student Enterprise Team lies the inspiration of the faculty, staff, and students of Michigan Tech whose goal is to help students discover their own interests and aptitudes.
As a public research university, Michigan Tech graduates 83% of its students in STEM related fields, providing the resources and expertise to continue developing new WOW! STEM activities that provide students a window through which to observe the future direction of research and creation.
The obstacle to the execution of this project is funding. Student driven organizations on campus such as Mind Trekkers, the Blue Marble Enterprise Team, and others like them are the incubators for ideas such as the Heart Monitor. These near-peers role models have a finger on the pulse of the upcoming students. These undergrad/graduate students take what they are learning in college to create activities they wish they could have experienced in K-12. They are the generation of creators and innovators that thrive on engagement. A value each of these students holds in high regard is being able to use their intellectual capacity to help others succeed.
The risk of not funding projects such as this is the capacity to voluntarily develop unique and impactful educational programs is lost if it is not supported and fostered. Mind Trekkers and Enterprise Teams have harnessed this capacity, the challenge is to ensure its growth through execution of programs such as the Heart Monitor program.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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