Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Dr. Julie Graves, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Ethics, Behavioral Science, and ICM at UMHS.
By Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAFP
On Friday November 10, 2017, Dr. Peter Lee (UMHS Assistant Professor of Behavorial Sciences) and I attended the Science Fair at Beach Allen Primary School in Basseterre, St. Kitts. The theme was “visualizing the world from a scientific perspective to secure the world.”
Dr. Lee demonstrated to dozens of interested students how to write computer code and give the computer instructions. The students were delighted to be able to create a screen box with their name displayed by writing code.
Dr. Lee repaired two Raspberry Pi computers for the computer science teacher, and we are compiling a list of cords, plugs, devices, etc. to help him teach these wonderful students. Once compiled, we’d like to ask UMHS faculty if they have spare items around to donate to the school.
We met with the principal and with an education ministry official. I brought my doctor’s bag and taught some students how to listen to their own hearts and lungs with a stethoscope, and I was able to visit the wonderful science fair projects and learn of the innovative projects the students had devised.
Thank you for allowing Dr. Lee and I the opportunity to visit this school.
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