The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - WiSTEM - Institute is a two-week program designed to expose high school women to the possibilities of careers in STEM fields requiring additional education of a few months through several years. This program, conducted by Sinclair faculty and staff, depends on the support of area teachers to identify young women who might benefit from such exposure.
This year all subjects are tied to a common theme – Medicine and the operation of a modern hospital.
Programs and activities designed to interest and inspire the young women include:
Robotics and sensors
Automotive lube, oil & filter
Spread of infectious diseases, antibody testing
CNC programming to required to machine parts such as surgical instruments
Tour construction at Miami Valley Hospital
Synthesize and analyze aspirin
Programming the Scribbler robots
Construction of a digital thermometer
Perform hazardous waste sampling
Air quality and distribution, sheet metal project
Design of a prosthetic arm
Process/quality analysis of Doctor Office and Emergency Room
How CAT scans and X-rays work
Mock clean-up of hazardous spill
The two-week institute began with keynote speaker Sara Deem, Industrial Engineer and Director of Operations at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester , Ohio. Other activities during the WiSTEM Institute include a tour of Miami Valley Hospital, a presentation on personal finances from a Better Business Bureau representative, a financial aid seminar, and finally a closing luncheon including awards and certificates and an address by Mary Beth Barrentine, MS, CHSP, Hazardous Materials and Safety Officer at Miami Valley Hospital.