LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Geisinger Lewistown Hospital’s trauma program took part in the inaugural Lewistown Intermediate School (LIS) STEAM Fair on Thursday evening. Students showcased projects in science, technology, engineering, art and math to parents, families, friends and the community.
Members of Geisinger’s trauma team dropped melons with and without helmets to show the ability helmets have to protect your head and brain from injury. The trauma team also distributed helmets to every student who presented a project at the event. The bicycle helmets were provided with donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.
“It was great to see so many students come out and participate in the STEAM fair,” said Alex Haines, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Trauma Program manager. “As a healthcare system we are employee experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math who use these skills to care for patients. It’s great to see our local school district empower its students to go above and beyond in these areas.”
The LIS STEAM Fair was a collaborative effort by school and community to support the educational needs of local students, according to Jenn Hartzler, LIS technology teacher.
“We know the importance of STEAM in education and wanted to give our students a chance to showcase what they know,” she said. “We also wanted to include community resources and businesses that use STEAM in the workplace to show students how important the elements will be in their futures.”
“We are grateful Mrs. Hartzler not only put together such a great event for the students, but also involved community entities,” Haines said. “Our hospital isn’t just a building where people go to be treated for an illness or an injury – it’s people who get out into our community to give back and educate.”
Photo ID: Alex Haines and Deb Erdman from Geisinger Lewistown Hospital’s trauma team fit Julia (left) and Ella (right) Eckenroth, with bicycle helmets provided by donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.
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