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Using post-graduate research to introduce biomedical engineering to pre-university students


Eastwood-Sutherland, C, Using post-graduate research to introduce biomedical engineering to pre-university students, Proceedings of the 5th Biomedical Engineering International Conference, 5-7 December, UbonRatchathani, Thailand, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-1-4673-4892-8 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Biomedical engineering is a growing and useful industry, and as such it is important to educate people about it. Due to the nature of the topic it can be difficult to put across field-related concepts to those not in the field. This paper seeks to perform a preliminary investigation into presenting an example of biomedical engineering to pre-university students. By simplifying the physical aspect of a biomedical engineering project and adjusting the focus to re-introduce basic concepts relating to science and engineering (which may usually be ignored), short presentations were able to be given to primary and high school students in a simple and interactive way. Preliminary results showed a link between the interest of the teacher and the interest of the students (in engineering and science), as well as demonstrating a link between age and attention span to the biomedical aspects. Locale and socioeconomic status also appeared to be correlated to interest in engineering. Further research would need to be performed to determine how the initial interest corresponds to interest in biomedical engineering during later education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:education, prostheses, pre-university, students
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Other engineering
Research Field:Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Eastwood-Sutherland, C (Mr Caillin Eastwood-Sutherland)
ID Code:83153
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-03-04
Last Modified:2013-09-06

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