MMS Students Explore Medical Field
Posted on 04/04/2017
Enthralled. That single word perfectly described the excited expressions of Mason Middle School students who attended the UC West Chester Hospital/Junior Achievement STEM Career Exploration on March 16.
“The ability for any student to go out and see and learn in the real world is extremely important,” Mason Middle School principal Tonya McCall stated. “Many students haven’t heard about these careers, so exposure is crucial to exploring opportunity, especially exposure that is hands-on."
For one hour, students cycled back and forth between stations illustrating essential medical concepts. Experiential learning opportunities have been growing fast the last couple years, due particularly to both middle and high school students developing interest in advanced STEM business related fields. The district is committed to ensuring that students are presented with multiple career awareness opportunities.
“I think a lot of students do not realize there are more career fields in medicine than a traditional doctor or nurse. They don’t know the full depth of medical careers," explained Chief Innovation Officer Jonathan Cooper. "We are so grateful for our continued partnership with UC West Chester Hospital and Junior Achievement - both great, local organizations committed to giving back to the community by getting involved with our students."
Today's students must learn to think critically, collaborate with their peers, communicate effectively and adapt to change. Experiential learning opportunities help students do two things; discover what they are interested in doing, and - perhaps even more important - discover what they aren't interested in doing.