Athens, OH 27 February 2019 –
Last weekend, Renaissance Engineering held its second annual Russ College Engineering and Technology Day. Engineering and Technology Day is a day dedicated to educating Athens youth about STEM. This is done by gathering Russ College’s various clubs and having them each set up a booth and create a STEM activity relating to their clubs’ interests. The event is held in the ARC and Stocker and roughly 400 kids attend each year.
This was my first year participating, and I did it on a fluke. Some of my close friends are the heads of Renaissance Engineers and were putting the event together when they asked me for help to gather more clubs. Being roommates with active members of BSNorg (Bachelor’s in Science, Nursing Organization) I had the idea to bring in a club not founded through Russ College. I asked several professors and of course my roommates if this was possible. I was able to get the green light from both sides and that’s how I ended up as volunteering at Engineering and Technology day as a “Nurse”.
The day of the event, the nurses asked if I could specifically work at their booth with them even though I was a generic volunteer. This would mean I would have to wake up a couple hours earlier to help them set up their activity, but they persuaded me into it by telling me I could wear a white nursing coat.
Their booth consisted of making a set of lungs out of paper bags and straws. With the straws taped to the bags (that kids would color as the shape of lungs) the kids were able to see how their lungs expanded and collapsed by blowing in and out of the bags. We were also given permission from the college of nursing to use some of their stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors so the kids could hear their heart beat and learn how the equipment works.
The event lasted until three and by the end we were exhausted, but already talking about the activities that we can do next year. I can’t wait to come back and do it again!