Students will create interactive teaching modules to explain math and science concepts to hospitalized children. This course involves direct patient interaction and teaching of modules developed by students.
Prerequisites: None – must apply for permit in fall
Credit Hours: 3
Average GPA: 3.97
In this course, students create educational activities to teach pediatric patients and K-12 students about math and science concepts through the lens of their disease. This class is a 2+ semester commitment. During the first semester as a “junior” member, students create and refine activities and participate in “pop-up” service activities at local schools and hospitals. You will use your 2250 PBL skills while working in groups to create the activities as well as when you are presenting your activities. You will use your 2310 skills when creating basic prototypes of your activities each week. During the second semester as a “senior” member, students have weekly shifts at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Egleston or Hughes-Spalding) where they conduct the activities with the patients.
THE tip: When designing activities, think from the patient’s perspective and design them to make the activities fun for various ages/educational levels of children. When going to the hospital, be sure to be respectful and considerate of the patients, their parents, and all hospital employees.
Recall: BMED 2250, BMED 2310
Spend your time… Brainstorming creative ways to teach topics which may be new to the patients/students, while also linking them to a specific disease model. It’s always better to have a quality activity that took more time to make, rather than a boring activity that was easy to make.
Take Home: Learn how to summarize BME knowledge into easy-to-understand terms that children can understand. Learn how to teach basic math and science topics in a more approachable way.