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PIMSER Helps Launch Muscle Health Project

Muscle Health Lab
The Partnership for Math and Science Outreach staff joins UK Center for Muscle Biology to launch the “Muscle Health Project.”

How can Kentucky tackle its chronic health disparities — cancer, heart and pulmonary disease, stroke and other preventable illnesses — and create long-lasting solutions? Targeting adults who deal with these diseases most often is necessary, but so too is engaging teenagers, the next generation of Kentuckians, in the conversation. One outreach program at the University of Kentucky is doing just that by delivering new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education experiences to Kentucky middle and high schools, illuminating the science behind diseases. The "Muscle Health Project" integrates new teaching methods, technology in the classroom, and access to researchers and students at UK in hopes of educating students early on to prevent problems later.

UK faculty, researchers and students designed the learning modules, and middle and high school science teachers are now applying the modules in their classrooms. "How can we teach fundamental scientific principles around phenomena kids are interested in, and also something they need to be interested in beyond the classroom? Well let's understand health issues at a fundamental level and look at them from a range of disciplines," said Diane Johnson, assistant director at the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) in the UK College of Education. "Through this project and others, we're making students aware of a range of health issues at an early age, saying 'look at what happens in your body,' then tasking them with crafting a message and teaching others about those issues," Johnson said.

Read the full April 13, 2015 UKNow article for more information.

Published on August 07, 2017

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