The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) participated in the Milwaukee Urban League’s STEAM Into Careers Youth Summit on Thursday, Feb. 27, where Milwaukee Public Schools middle school students came to the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds for a day filled with opportunities for students to take education to another level through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities and interaction with professionals in relevant fields.
MCW’s session focused on how genes influence individual health. With help from MCW medical students Quamaine Bond and Madeleine Sookdeo, the students extracted their own DNA and put it in a necklace to take home – an activity as educational as it was entertaining.
The goal of STEAM Into Careers was to engage students in fun, interactive activities, increase their STEAM literacy and give them the opportunity to participate in real life inquiry and open-minded exploration. The experiences from the summit stimulated students’ curiosity and encouraged further exploration into STEAM related pursuits, stoking an interest early in life and potentially inspiring the next generation of STEAM professionals.
About the Medical College of Wisconsin:
With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than $2.8 million patients annually.