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