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KC STEM Alliance May News & Updates
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Nearly 2,000 metro area high school students spent the year absorbed in learning through Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Sciences curriculum. 
Her mind is made up. Riya Naik is going to continue her study of the brain. "From my first high school biomedical course, the nervous system of the body, and the brain specifically, just fascinated me," explained Naik. "The summer before my senior year, my Grandmother passed away from a brain aneurysm. We were very close. I was motivated on a personal level to study and learn all that I could about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). 

"In my Grandmother's case, the EMTs didn't know there was internal bleeding and raced her to the nearest hospital. Once she was diagnosed, she had to be transferred to a larger regional hospital. It was just too late."

This tenacious Blue Springs High School senior went to work. With the help and guidance of her PLTW Biomedical Innovations teacher, Alicia Leimkuehler, and conversations with the neurosurgeon who cared for her Grandmother, Naik researched and designed a prototype that could one day help diagnose internal bleeding and open a window for early detection.

That's what she has in mind. Read the complete story here. And stay tuned. KC STEM Alliance plans to follow Riya Naik and her brilliant brain through college. Imagine the possibilities.
Medical mentors share a dose of reality.
In the time it takes to have a conversation or share an idea, mentors can change the course for a PLTW student. "Our industry partners provide our students with real world understanding of the current issues and advancements in the medical field, " said Peggy Hinzman, PLTW teacher at Summit Tech Academy. "As we work through problems and projects in PLTW Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovations courses, students experience emergency medicine, medical research, physical therapy, audiology and radiology with the help and guidance of our industry partners." To learn more about PLTW mentoring opportunities contact Martha McCabe at mccabemb@kcstem.org. 
Team Titanium #1986 celebrated their participation and success at the FIRST® World Championship with a long held tradition, "Traded T-Shirt" Day. Team members are encouraged to swap shirts with other FRC teams from across the country and around the globe. Thirty-eight countries participated in this year's Championship, held in St. Louis, Missouri.   
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Project Lead the Way students solve old problem with new ketchup cap, gaining worldwide attention and over 850,000 YouTube views ðŸ“¹
Searching for summer fun for middle and high school students. There's an APP CAMP for that - including a GIRLS ONLY! session, August 4 -8, hosted by
KC STEM Alliance. Information and registration.
Learn more about enriching, exciting and fun STEM camps around the region.
Also, check out Science City Summer Camps, and the Kansas City STAR's Guide to Summer Camps
We are pleased to announce KU as an official training site for PLTW teachers. This partnership creates a springboard for engaging additional schools and students in our Kansas City region. Welcome aboard!
Maker Faire brings together scientists, inventors, hackers, makers, creators and crafters for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making or apply below to exhibit your own creation.
Also exhibiting:
 FIRST LEGO® League, FIRST Tech and
FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the KC region. 

June 28 & 29, 2014
Union Station
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