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SAFER-SIM and NADS involved at 2015 STEM Institute for Young Scientists

Submitted by Jacob Heiden
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Workplace Learning Connection University of Iowa Health Care Northwest Junior High West Branch Junior High Iowa Valley Junior High

On November 23 - 24, SAFER-Sim and NADS researchers presented at the STEM Institute for Young Scientists. Dawn Marshall, Tim Brown, and Jacob Heiden gave presentations to 10 groups of local 7th grade students from Northwest Junior High, West Branch, and Iowa Valley. They described how the National Advanced Driving Simulator uses simulation to improve safety. They also collaborated with the students by brainstorming traffic safety hazards and ways simulation can solve them. A few students from each group drove the SAFER-Sim Texting and Driving Demo at the end of every presentation. This hands-on simulator experience displayed the dangers of texting and driving to the 12-13 year old students while also engaging them to explore a STEM career. The SAFER-Sim presentations reached approximately 150 students throughout the two days.