Grundy County Memorial Hospital and STEM, which is the state initiative for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Partnerships, hosted area high school students for a health career exploration day at the hospital in Grundy Center recently. Twenty juniors and seniors from Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Dike-New Hartford, Aplington-Parkersburg, and Grundy Center attended an activity packed day that emphasized the value of studying in the STEM fields and their relationship to future health careers.
Students rotated through the areas of Laboratory, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Nursing, where they engaged in hands-on activities. Students were also able to talk with a local EMS crew member and the UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Lifeguard helicopter crew, which is used to transport patients from accident scenes or between hospitals in an emergency.
The high school juniors and seniors were exposed to information from physical therapists, nurses, dietitians, and also had an opportunity to learn job interview skills from the hospital's human resources manager.
The presentation was sponsored by the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scale Up program to provide students across Iowa the opportunities for experiential learning in the STEM careers. Cedar Valley West, a consortium of the four local school districts, is the recipient of a STEM Scale-up program grant focusing on bringing health career information to students.