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Mind Trekkers will use the hands-on construction of the Heart Monitors to introduce students to wonders of Electrical Engineering! Read more

Marquette, MI Technology
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Mind Trekkers will use the hands-on construction of the Heart Monitors to introduce students to wonders of Electrical Engineering!

Marquette, MI Technology
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Recent research has shown that students actively engage in areas of science and mathematics in their kindergarten through 4th grade school years, but each subsequent year until graduation sees a decrease in the number of students that identify as interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Whether the reason is that scientific learning is too hard or just not cool, the answer is exciting projects that provide low-pressure hands-on learning.
A heart monitor, monitoring! The LED's blink with your heartbeat!
A heart monitor, monitoring! The LED's blink with your heartbeat!

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.

Students will solder each component in place
Students will solder each component in place

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.

A little school spirit from the creators of the Heart Monitor
A little school spirit from the creators of the Heart Monitor

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.

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    A stellar Mind Trekkers wrist band. Slide one of these unique silicon bracelets on- it’s a great conversation piece!

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    Directions on how you can buy your own parts to create a Heart Monitor including how to assemble it plus 5 fun do-it-yourself Mind Trekkers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lesson plans. Bring the Mind Trekkers experience into your home or classroom!

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    A Heart Monitor kit, completely assembled monitor or a ready to assemble kit with all the components, you choose how you would like yours delivered!

    Directions on how you can buy your own parts to create a Heart Monitor including how to assemble it plus 5 fun do-it-yourself Mind Trekkers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lesson plans. Bring the Mind Trekkers experience into your home or classroom!

    A stellar Mind Trekkers wrist band.

    Recognition of your donation on the Mind Trekkers Facebook page.

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    An authentic Mind Trekkers “I Got My GEEK On at Michigan Tech” T-shirt. These can’t even be found on Amazon or EBay. You choose the size and color!

    A Heart Monitor kit, completely assembled monitor or a ready to assemble kit with all the components, you choose how you would like yours delivered!

    Directions on how you can buy your own parts to create a Heart Monitor including how to assemble it plus 5 fun do-it-yourself Mind Trekkers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lesson plans. Bring the Mind Trekkers experience into your home or classroom!

    Five stellar Mind Trekkers wrist band.

    Recognition of your donation on the Mind Trekkers Facebook page.

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    A signed photo, framed and matted, of members of Michigan Tech’s Blue Marble student Enterprise Team with the Mind Trekkers organization student leadership team. These two groups made this exciting electrical engineering learning experience possible! Thanks for accepting this symbol of their appreciation for your support of the innovative K-12 outreach efforts.

    An authentic Mind Trekkers “I Got My GEEK On at Michigan Tech” T-shirt. These can’t even be found on Amazon or EBay. You choose the size and color!

    A Heart Monitor kit, completely assembled monitor or a ready to assemble kit with all the components, you choose how you would like yours delivered!

    Directions on how you can buy your own parts to create a Heart Monitor including how to assemble it plus 5 fun do-it-yourself Mind Trekkers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lesson plans. Bring the Mind Trekkers experience into your home or classroom!

    Ten stellar Mind Trekkers wrist band. Slide one of these unique silicon bracelets on- it’s a great conversation piece!

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    You will be invited to an exclusive online hangout with the developers and the Mind Trekkers! Get an inside look at this project and discuss our innovative outreach programs - or whatever you want!

    A signed photo, framed and matted, of members of Michigan Tech’s Blue Marble student Enterprise Team with the Mind Trekkers organization student leadership team. These two groups made this exciting electrical engineering learning experience possible! Thanks for accepting this symbol of their appreciation for your support of the innovative K-12 outreach efforts.

    An authentic Mind Trekkers “I Got My GEEK On at Michigan Tech” T-shirt. These can’t even be found on Amazon or EBay. You choose the size and color!

    A Heart Monitor kit, completely assembled monitor or a ready to assemble kit with all the components, you choose how you would like yours delivered!

    Directions on how you can buy your own parts to create a Heart Monitor including how to assemble it plus 5 fun do-it-yourself Mind Trekkers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lesson plans. Bring the Mind Trekkers experience into your home or classroom!

    Thirty stellar Mind Trekkers wrist band. Slide one of these unique silicon bracelets on- it’s a great conversation piece!

    Recognition of your donation on the Mind Trekkers Facebook page. We will recognize the teacher and students of the class which you choose to receive the Heart Monitor kits to construct.

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