Happy BHSM to everyone. I appreciate your question Raul and thought that I would add in my experience. About 5 or so years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to be a presenter for a STEM day that was targeted at young women in 8th-9th grade. The event is known as Girl Power in Science and it seeks to expose young women to different careers in the STEM fields. I agreed to help my friend out and I look forward to going back every year. The event is set up so that small groups of students (along with some college students in STEM fields) rotate around to see 3-4 different career options (with a total of 25 or so careers being represented). The presenters are asked to provide hands on activities for the participants. I use a hearing loss simulation activity and then show them a little bit about how to use an audiometer etc. After my first year, I recommended that they also invite a speech language pathology (which they did) for the next year. Although there is no way to measure the impact that this activity has, the feedback that the organizers receive would indicate that the participants enjoy getting to know about the career of Audiology and they say that it is not something that they have been exposed to before.
I look forward to hearing how others raise awareness about our fields as well as the issues that we address.
Donna Fisher Smiley, Ph.D., CCC-A
ASHA Fellow Audiology Supervisor/Audiologist Arkansas Children's Hospital 1 Children's Way ● Slot 113 ● Little Rock, AR 72202
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