2015 Field Experience (FeX) program

Our Mission is to demystify the process of career development for Nigerian students...

61

students

16

volunteers

4

schools

7

partners

Introduction

In 2015, we organized a field experience workshop designed to teach 61 Nigerian high school students about the diversity of careers available in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The workshop - STEM FEx 2015, was a 3 day applied field experience that involved hands-on workshops, college information sessions, a career panel, and visits to facilities where students got to experience 'a day in the life' of various professionals. 

Program Activities

Basic Anatomy Seminar: 

Using plastic human models, students learned about the various parts of the human anatomy. They learned about the body's organ systems, the spatial arrangement of these organs in the human body, and the diseases that affect these organs. 

Vital Signs Seminar:

Students learned how to conduct health assessments like temperature measurement, blood pressure reading, and heart and lung exams. They also learned how to interpret measured values in clinical contexts and how these values relate to disease processes.

Suturing & Dissection Seminar:

Students learned how to do basic sutures using properly dissected animal hearts. This activity provided a glimpse into some of the basic procedures that they could expect to perform as possible medical students or surgeons.

 

Programming 101 Seminar:

Students learned about the intersection of healthcare and information technology. They were also given an introducing to building websites using HTML and CSS. At the end of this session, students learned how to build a webpage that could be populated with relevant health related data.

College Prep:

Counselors from EducationUSA and Beni American University addressed students and their parents on action items to consider in the pursuit of a good college education. Topics ranged from college admissions tests for universities in both Nigeria and the United states, sources of funding for college, and factors to consider when choosing schools.

Career Panel:

The program ended in a panel featuring accomplished graduate students and working professionals from Engineering, Medicine, and Business. The panelists provided insight into the variety of career options available to the students, the realities of making career decisions, and the requirements for success in their respective chosen fields.

Testimonials

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    What I liked about the career panel was that they were truthful with us and gave us effective advice.

    GWN student participant

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    I did not know there were many careers in medicine, so it widened my knowledge and understanding of science.

    GWN student participant

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    The suturing session definitely convinced me that I would not like to be a doctor. It was very educative though.

    GWN student participant

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    This 3 day program is worth it and better than some 3 month programs I have attended. The program has changed me and my perception of things and professions. I will come back next year to volunteer.

    GWN Student Participant

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    Attending GWN's camp has been a very great experience. Apart from learning important information about my career, I also got to make lots of new friends. Thank you GWN.

    GWN Student Participant

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    I am happy I chose to attend this camp. I am proud that generous Nigerians took time and resources to found this.

    GWN Student Participant

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    The highlight of the experience wasn't a single event for me. It was the ongoing interactions and relationships that were fostered between the students and volunteers. It created an environment that was conducive to learning.

    GWN Volunteer

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    I like the fact that [GWN] helped in socializing with the other schools. It helped in making me feel more at ease. The vital signs session was fun and educative. I really liked it.

    GWN Student Participant

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    I liked that the personality test gave me other fields that I could consider.

    GWN Student Participant

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    The program has enlightened me and the team has veen very caring and helpful because all facilities needed have been provided. I think the number of days should be increased.

    GWN Student Participant

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    I think you guys should continue this program because it is very insightful and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things. I would gladly participate in any other program organized by you guys.

    GWN Student Participant

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