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STEM Outreach for Future Doctors and Optometrists

Jan. 27 Event Offers Hands-On Minds-On Activities

By Rashda Khan 713-743-7587


The University of Houston STEM Center, in collaboration with the UH Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the UH College of Optometry, is hosting students (grades 3-12) at a UH STEM Zone Saturday event, titled “Medicine and Health,” exploring the different areas of interest and career opportunities available in medicine and optometry. The event will take place 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

STEM Zone Saturday is a monthly UH program that provides engagement in the sciences and engineering fields. Participants engage in inquiry-based STEM education and activities. They discover new areas of interest, identify real-world problems and explore innovative solutions and ideas. The topics are different each month. 

At the Jan. 27 program, students will learn from professors, staff and students from the two colleges, including:

Fertitta Family College of Medicine

  • Kenya Steele, assistant dean of outreach and student pathways and professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
  • Medical students – S. Thomas, R. Wong, S. Flores and C. Cooper.

College of Optometry

  • Lucy Kehinde Darnell, assistant dean for student services and clinical associate professor.
  • Maria Walker, assistant professor.
  • Tiffany Lu, fourth-year optometry student

In addition, students will be able to purchase STEM kits and participate in various “hands-on, minds-on” activities designed around the presentations, shared Heather Domjan, executive director of the UH STEM Center.

This is a hybrid program with both in-person and virtual attendance. The in-person program will be held at the UH Fertitta Family College of Medicine and offer participants the opportunity to check out the college’s beautiful new building.

What: STEM ZONE Saturday: Medicine and Health.

Who: Schoolchildren, grades 3-12, parents and educators. The UH STEM Center, Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the College of Optometry also invite anyone interested in the fields of medicine and optometry.

Where: UH Fertitta Family College of Medicine, 1st Floor, 5055 Medical Circle, Houston, Texas 77204 or Zoom (Click here for map)

When: 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27

To learn more about the event and to register, click here.

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