Our student organization for Biomedical Visualization, SAMA, is keeping everyone busy with volunteer and community outreach activities this fall. SAMA representatives attended “Careers in Focus” at a local college, sponsored by the Chicago Public Library. “Careers in Focus” is an event for Chicago teens to explore career possibilities, so they can make informed choices about their next several years of education. The activities included a panel for high school students to ask questions and get advice from representatives in diverse career fields. SAMA vice president Sam Bond participated in the panel, and says, “What they asked about the most wasn’t day-to-day specifics of the job, but what inspired me to illustrate and drove me to be a part of the medical education field.”
The SAMA booth at the event also featured our brand-new handmade game, “ORGANize Your Body!” Participants try to place foam cutouts of the organs in the correct orientation on a Velcro-covered “body” shape. It’s tricky, though! The game requires you to think about the three-dimensionality of the body to place organs correctly, like putting the gallbladder underneath the liver. We also added an extra layer of confusion by mixing several fake, made-up organs with the real ones!
SAMA president Samantha Olson supervised, and said that all the students were pretty enthusiastic about the game, and it inspired a number of great teaching moments about human anatomy.
SAMA and BVIS professor Kevin Brennan also brought our educational fun and games to the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Science Works” career day. It was a busy Saturday for the Museum, and we had lots of curious visitors of all ages come up to ask questions and learn about being a biomedical illustrator!