IHME Post-Bachelor Fellows and staff will be exhibiting at the STEM Explosion Expo sponsored by Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a catalyst for sustainable innovation and improvement in K-12 science education.

In response to the challenge of increasing literacy in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Washington State LASER will be holding its first week-long residential STEM Education Leadership Institute. The event is designed to prepare schools, school districts, and regional leadership teams to implement STEM education in their communities. The Leadership Institute will be held from Monday, June 25, 2012 through Friday, June 29, 2012 and will be attended by 50 K-12 science teachers and community members from throughout the state.

The STEM Explosion Expo is held on the first day of the STEM Education Leadership Institute. Participants will have an opportunity to rotate freely through Expo stations that illustrate the correlation between their school curricula and the exciting possibilities for their students in research and careers in the world of STEM.

IHME fellows and staff Ian Bolliger, Rebecca Engell, Marissa Iannarone, and Nicole Johns will explain to the educators how IHME’s research on life expectancy was done and how to make the measurement methods interesting to kids through maps, posters, and interactive visualizations. Teachers will also get a peek at who lives the longest and least long in the US. Through our work on county-level life expectancies, our exhibit introduces students, families, and teachers to the field of global health research and shows why measuring health matters to us all.