The Program in Community Engagement actively pursues partnerships with Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Schools with the goal enhancing K-12 student learning and engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty, students and staff can participate as volunteers in various projects that are ongoing.
For the 2016-2017 school year we have implemented a pilot program in which volunteers lead in-class enrichment sessions designed to enhance NC science curriculum topics related to biomedicine and health. Career options as related to the topic of study are also presented. Our partnership for the project this year is with Cook Literacy Model School. Recently Sasha Coefield, clinical nutritionist with the Weight Management Center presented a hands-on, interactive session to 4th graders on nutrition.
In the spring we will be recruiting students, staff and faculty to assist with interactive classroom sessions for 5th graders on human body systems, cells and medical imaging. For more information or to volunteer contact Marlena Westcott, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology.