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Student Team Member - Mission Possible Project

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The Shoulders of Giants, Inc.

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The Shoulders of Giants is seeking high school student volunteers (9th-11th grade) to work with our Technical Mentor team in developing an interactive game that cultivates scientific comprehension of the concepts that make up the natural world.

Students who have an interest in game development (online or tabletop), biology, and biomedical processes may join this team. This volunteer opportunity is open to high school students only.


Project Title:
Mission Possible

Short Abstract: Our mission is to make understanding complicated scientific concepts possible and fun! Through playing the interactive game developed in this project, users will build a foundation of scientific knowledge to make informed health decisions and be aware of current scientific happenings.

Technical Needs/Background for the Project

This interactive game platform will integrate biological concepts with visual aids to create a framework for basic scientific understanding. By simplifying cellular and bodily processes through these visuals, we hope to inspire users to become more involved in their own health decisions.

Educational Motivation

To make informed health decisions, it is important to develop and cultivate a scientific comprehension of the concepts that make up the natural world. Fear of pursuing the sciences and acknowledging its importance arises from a lack of understanding, which can be complicated through jargon. This project aims to break down these barriers to arm its users with the knowledge necessary to shape their understanding and decision-making. Students will lead the future advancements of science and technology, so it is important that they can start making contributions to improving the visibility and understanding of the sciences.

Project Deliverables:

The Mission Possible interactive game will serve as an educational tool to teach the foundations of biomedical processes or systems to better inform a high school student to a young adult audience. The game should be easily deployed through the Internet and should include simplified scientific jargon within the game mechanic to inspire a deeper level of understanding of the biomedical subject matter in its users. Simplification of complex scientific concepts and the interactive presentation of these materials will engage the audience through visual-heavy representations of these systems. The learning process emphasized in the game mechanic will focus on establishing a fundamental understanding of the subject matter and progressively build-up knowledge so users can further develop a deeper knowledge of the source content. This knowledge can better inform their health decisions, inspire an increased desire to learn about the biomedical sciences, and increase their awareness of important scientific advancements.




For more specific information about this project, email Samuel Chang - schang@tsogiants.org or Meha Magesh - mmagesh@tsogiants.org

For volunteering questions, email Kareena Chawla at kchawla@tsogiants.org

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About The Shoulders of Giants, Inc.

Location:

5435 N. Garland Ave, #140-514, Garland, TX 75040, US

Mission Statement

The Shoulders of Giants, Inc. (TSoG), a Dallas-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was founded in 2013 on the belief that world-class science education should be available to all students of all ages. Since its inception, TSoG has provided opportunities for thousands of students across North Texas to experience science first-hand and broaden their horizons through the guidance of Dr. Steven J. Foland, an accomplished engineer, and educator.

Description

Statement of Need

For many students, there exists a gap between their aspirations to pursue STEM careers and their preparedness for university-level STEM rigor. Knowing how to fill those gaps is industry-specific and out-of-scope for most high school academic environments. By linking project-based learning to industry pathways, we help students address two key questions: "What do I need to learn?" and "Why do I need to learn this?"

STEM mentorship provided by The Shoulders of Giants can help students grow toward the following educational objectives:

  • Technical Confidence - By working on the many cross-disciplinary projects that TSoG has to offer, students gain many valuable, practical skills they can be proud of.
  • Lifelong Learning - By engaging with passionate technical professionals, students are exposed to the reality that learning is a lifetime commitment - not something that ends upon graduation.
  • Career Satisfaction - By giving students experience on technical pathways, we empower them to make more informed decisions about their future careers.
  • Sense of Service - By providing projects designed to provide tangible benefits to others, we encourage students to view STEM fields as more than just career paths - they are also opportunities to use our skills to give back.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine

WHEN

Sat Jan 22, 2022 - Fri Apr 22, 2022

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Mobile Programming
  • STEM
  • Audio-Visual
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Management

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • 2-4 hours/week
  • Must be a high school student - 9th-12th grade.

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