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Texas Instruments, Sanford create ‘STEM Behind Health’

Mar 28, 2015 04:43PM ● By MED Magazine
Texas Instruments and Sanford Health have partnered to create a classroom activities series
  called “STEM Behind Health.”  Developed with top medical experts and researchers from Sanford, “STEM Behind Health” provides teachers and students with an interactive, hands-on way to explore the math and science concepts behind diseases still in need of a cure.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“By focusing on the math and science behind the causes, treatments and research of certain diseases, Texas Instruments, along with researchers and scientists at Sanford Health, are bringing STEM to life in the classroom,” said Peter Balyta, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology division. “We are very excited to work with Sanford Health to capture students’ curiosity and cultivate a lifelong interest in STEM subjects and careers.”

Teachers and students can download “STEM Behind Health” to the TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator, Student Software or TI-Nspire Apps for iPad. The first activity in the series, “Managing a Critical Ratio,” engages students in the math and science behind insulin replacement therapy by sharing the daily struggle of Sanford nursing student and diabetic, Chelcie Weber.

“For me, life is a never-ending math problem,” said Weber. “By bringing awareness of type 1 diabetes to students and teachers around the country, I hope to inspire a student to go on to one day develop a cure.” Weber is studying to become a pediatric nurse so that she can help others kids diagnosed with the disease.

Type 1 diabetes is the focus of The Sanford Project, a cornerstone research initiative at Sanford Research. The Sanford Project team provided Texas Instruments with expertise on the condition as the activities were created.

“Texas Instruments and Sanford Health are committed to engaging more students in STEM subjects and getting them interested in future careers in medicine and research,” said Kurt Griffin, MD, PhD, director of clinical trials and scientist for The Sanford Project. “By exploring STEM careers on the front lines, students will understand how insulin ratios are critical to keep blood sugar in a safe range for individuals with diabetes.”

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