Washington students partner with local hospital in new workplace simulation project

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Students participate in a team-building activity in which they had to design and build a device to remove a blood clot (a ping pong ball) from an artery (a paper towel tube).

A new Workplace Simulation Project at Washington High School in Washington, Indiana, kicked off last week. The project involves 40 students from two high school classes, algebra and Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science. During the project, students will learn about infectious diseases and create a public health communication plan. They will also brainstorm creative ideas and develop a master plan to communicate with their community. The kickoff of the project included a tour of the hospital emphasizing various career opportunities, a panel discussion with hospital staff, a hands-on activity that emphasizes teamwork and collaboration and an overview of the workplace simulation project.

During the eight weeks of the project, industry professionals from Daviess Community Hospital will work alongside the high school students and guide them as both mentors and role models. Students will periodically present their work to an audience of hospital employees to incorporate 21st century employability skills and model real-world work environments.

This WSP was co-developed by the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at the School of Education and DirectEmployers Institute to increase student interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers with a specific focus on careers in Indiana’s growing health care industry. This initiative will provide hands-on learning to Washington High School students in an effort to improve STEM learning. This is the first year of the pilot project.

The Washington High School Workplace Simulation Project is funded through a grant from the Smithville Charitable Foundation.

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