LAS VEGAS – March 14, 2017 – Goolsby Elementary and Roseman University of Health Sciences announce an innovative partnership that creates hands-on, enhanced STEM curriculum in the classroom, with the hopes that more children choose STEM as their future career path.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) includes some of the most versatile and important careers in the contemporary world. As the world becomes more technologically developed, the economy, power and leadership of the United States are becoming more heavily based on effective practice and the number of skilled workers in STEM fields. The technology-driven economy and skilled workforce in STEM fields are the driving force for innovation in Nevada and across the country. Women are typically underrepresented in the science and math fields, with only 24 percent of the STEM workforce being women. Women earn 41 percent of the PhD’s in STEM academia, but only 28 percent are on the tenure track.
“Our ability to point our children in the direction of STEM initiatives and nurture their love of the sciences will not only prepare them for their futures, but it will allow them to compete nationally and internationally for the best jobs,” said Dr. Renee Coffman, PhD, president of Roseman University of Health Sciences.
Goolsby Elementary is the neighborhood school adjacent to Roseman University of Health Sciences’ Summerlin campus. With more than 750 students, an integrated STEM program, and a very dedicated administration and staff, an opportunity arose to create a partnership between Roseman and Goolsby.
The program launched in January 2017 with a unit on Mixtures and Solutions in the fifth grade and Anatomy in the fourth grade. “Teacher and student feedback from the first sessions was powerful. The kids used paper chromatography to separate colors, learned how to separate iron from cereal, and conducted an experiment of mixing acids with bases,” said presenter David Rawlins, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy. “Surely the most interesting was in separating sugar from bubble gum, during which the kids weighed a piece of gum, chewed vigorously for 10 minutes, and then weighed the gum after chewing for a real-life lesson on the amount of sugar (and how it can be separated) in everyday gum.”
“The fourth graders enjoyed drawing the organs of their body and then learning what these organs do. Many interesting questions were asked and though there were some awkward giggles, the fourth graders handled the topic with great maturity and interest,” added Dr. Willis Paull, professor of biomedical sciences at Roseman University’s College of Medicine.
“Our teachers and students have greatly enjoyed the partnership to date; there is great enthusiasm, intrigue and excitement coming from our classrooms and the content shared by Roseman compliments the STEM initiatives that are important to us at our school. We couldn’t imagine a better partnership,” says Kim Cunningham, Goolsby Elementary Principal.
The program will continue until May of 2017, at which time there will be a culminating event to tour Roseman’s Research Labs. Roseman and Goolsby Elementary will discuss potentially expanding the program in the future.
About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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