2015 Field Experience (FeX) program
Our Mission is to demystify the process of career development for Nigerian students...
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.
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.
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.
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.