We are very excited to welcome Dr. Ann Van Heest to our Board of Directors. Dr. Van Heest is an orthopaedic surgeon at University of Minnesota, specializing in hand and upper extremity in both adults and children. Dr. Van Heest is also extremely active in efforts to diversify orthopaedics and has published extensively on women in surgical practice. Read more about Dr. Van Heest and all of our board members here.
Our newest project, Orthopaedics In Action (OIA), was commercially launched today with our manufacturing partner, Sawbones. Orthopaedics In Action (OIA) is unique, hands-on curriculum for middle and high school classrooms. The complete kit comes with five orthopaedics-themed lessons. Order your kit today!
We are excited to introduce new hands-on curriculum appropriate for use in co-ed middle and high school STEM classrooms. Orthopaedics in Action (OiA) has been designed to meet national education standards (NGSS) while providing real world applications of traditional subjects such as math, physics, and biology. OiA kits come complete with five stand-alone lessons that aim to span the gap between engineering and the biomedical sciences.
OiA kits will be available in Spring 2015. To pre-register for a kit, please click on the link below, and we will keep you updated on the release date.
-5 individual hands-on classroom lessons (45-60 min) centered around case studies introducing orthopaedic and engineering concepts
-High quality equipment, including reusable anatomical models and biomechanical testing stations
-Complete professional development materials, including video training, lesson plans, and class handouts
Fix a broken tibia by assembling an external fixator. Perform a biomechanics experiment to determine if your design is optimized.
Core Concepts: Geometry, structural design, force interactions, data collection and analysis.
Given a knee model and a series of diagnostic tests, determine what ligaments the patient injured.
Core concepts: Structure and function, data collection and analysis, anatomy.
Determine the severity of a patient’s scoliosis and prescribe a treatment plan.
Core concepts: Geometry, trigonometry, data collection and interpretation, anatomy.
Repair a torn tendon using surgical suturing techniques then perform a mechanical stress test to determine the best method.
Core concepts: Structure and function, mechanical testing, data collection and analysis.
Learn about the pulley systems in the hand and how simple machines are used to manipulate forces.
Core concepts: Simple machines, forces and motion, data collection and analysis.
Our Business Director, Mari Collings, is moving on after four years of service with The Perry Initiative. Mari was our first employee, joining the Perry team in Summer 2010, and she was instrumental in the growth of the organization from a summer program in San Francisco to a national STEM program. For four years, Mari worked behind the scenes on fiscal management and vendor relations, building a strong infrastructure for our organization that has allowed us to grow exponentially. Thank you, Mari, for all that you have done for us here at Perry. We wish you all the best.
The Perry Initiative is proud to be mentioned as an exemplary STEM program in Dr. Vince Bertram’s new book, “One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Crisis.” Dr. Bertram is CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nationally recognized non-profit organization with innovative K12 curriculum and professional development in the engineering and biomedical disciplines.”One Nation Under Taught” is currently at #7 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction List. Congrats to Dr. Bertram and PLTW, and thanks for recognizing the work we do here at Perry!
Click here to purchase “One Nation Under Taught” from an independent bookseller!