THE FIRST MAK-BME HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL
In today’s highly computerized and big data driven society, students’ tech skills need to be developed to unprecedented levels Unfortunately, as evidenced by the distribution of the candidates in the 2017 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), only 20% of the candidates pursued science subjects. To tackle this low level of interest in Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM), Makerere University’s Biomedical Engineering program (MAK-BME) is hosting its first ever High School Summer School from
27th – 31st August 2018.
The aim of the Summer School is to expose Uganda’s high school students to the exciting and engaging world of STEM to pique their interests in careers in STEM.
Emphasis will be placed to involve under-represented persons in industry for example people with disabilities and girls to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM. During this five day event, students will cover a mini project-based curriculum to learn and apply concepts in Engineering, Health Sciences and Environmental Sciences to solve real life challenges targeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG’s).
The need-based project curriculum will be supplemented by boot camps to improve the skillset of the attendees and add to their STEM application repertoire. It will also allow informal interaction between our attendees and facilitators to furnish mentorships that could last well beyond the duration of the Summer school. We shall also have career guidance from the Makerere University Admissions office to guide the prospective applicants on the to-dos of STEM career aspirants. By the end of the summer school, our attendees will have clear know-how of spotting and defining a high impact health challenge, and developing feasible solutions to solve them. But that’s not all, the participants will also learn what it takes to translate their solutions to market.
We are not promising to teach you a full engineering curriculum. To be honest, we couldn’t even if we set out to do so. We plan to teach you (1) how to think like a problem solver and (2) how to learn by yourself so you will definitely leave much better than you will have arrived, guaranteed.
All students from Senior 3 to Senior 6 with an interest in pursuing a career in STEM and any other persons are welcome to pay a fee of 250,000 UGX to attend.
For the fee of the event, breakfast and lunch will be provided daily including all the attendees on the closing day. The fee will also cover all material costs and facilitation fees to the program instructors. Transportation, equipment costs and internet access will also be catered for inclusive on the fee of the event and certificates and event apparel will also be provided to each participant. Students who will require accommodation will to contact us (KENNETH – 0706 317 486) for early arrangements.
MAK-BME HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL CURRICULUMN
In the morning of day 1, the Guest of Honor will give the opening speech followed by a general career talk by a member from the MAK Admissions office. Afterwards, an intro to BME will enlighten attendees about BME and its different facets. Thereafter, a presentation on the project that will be conducted by all students on pre-sourced water samples from water sources in Kampala investigating the presence or lack thereof of disease-causing pathogens will follow.
In the afternoon of Day 1, a hospital-visit to familiarize the students with the hospital setting will follow to present to them clinical challenges they could solve first hand.
On day 2, the students will be presented with a list of clinical challenges they could solve- a list to which they too will have the opportunity to contribute to collectively. Afterward, they will split into manageable diverse groups of 5 which will be guided by Teaching Assistants in Idea Generation and solutions brainstorming. The deliverable of this stage will be an abstract clarifying the problem they are solving, how it is currently handled, the limitations of current ways of handling it, their proposed solution (clearly stating its differentiators from other interventions in that space) and finally, the projected social impact of their solution.
In the afternoon of day 2, the students will have a Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing lab session in their respective groups in which they will all be guided by Teaching Assistants to draw apart from drawings and then generate standard engineering drawings of the part. Afterwards, one groups’ part will be 3-D printed to showcase what is expected of them for their design prototypes.
On day 3 and 4, the students will have the option to visit one of 4 booths (instrumentation, rapid prototyping, Business model generation and Intro and Applications of Nanotech) for help in implementing different skills during their project implementation process. While they work on their projects, the groups will alternate to go to microbiology lab to test the pre-collected water samples for disease causing pathogens.
On day 5, we hope to have invited parents, media and well-wishers. We will start the day with 2 presentations from 2 outstanding MAK-BME Alumni and then we will have another presentation of the findings from the locally sourced water testing project.
Afterwards, we will have a project pitching event during which the summer-school attendees will pitch their projects in 3 minutes. Thereafter, all those in attendance will be invited to a poster presentation and prototype showcasing of the projects. There, the invited guests will get more personal and in-depth presentations during which they will slot fake printed cash into the boxes of the projects they would invest in in real life. After a while, the guest of honor will give closing remarks and will announce the top 3 winning projects who will have received the highest investment and he/she will award them prizes. Thereafter, the Master of Ceremony will close the event.
- Opening Speech
- Career guidance presentation
- Introduction to BME presentation
- Presentation of the locally sourced water testing project
- Hospital Visit
- Idea generation and Brainstorming
- CAD + 3D printing
- Locally sourced water sample project labs
- Locally sourced water sample project labs
- 2 Presentations from MAK-BME Alumni
- Presenting the results of the locally sourced water sample project
- 3-minute Project Pitch sessions
- Poster presentations and Prototype showcasing
- Closing remarks speech and presentation of Awards to the top 3 design projects