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story.lead_photo.caption Mid-America Science Museum educator Rebecca Mann recently participated in a professional development opportunity hosted at the University of Michigan. - Submitted photo - Photo by Submitted photo

Mid-America Science Museum educator Rebecca Mann recently participated in a professional development opportunity hosted at the University of Michigan where she learned about Cellular Metamaterials and engineering, the museum said in a news release.

The program funded by the National Science Foundation for Engineering Research in Cellular Metamaterials sponsored the trip for Mann, who learned about community outreach opportunities that will be made available to 50 partnering science centers from around the country, the release said.

Using Engineering Engagement Kits, known as EEK!, to educate current and future engineering students, Mid-America Science Museum will provide its first community outreach event in conjunction with Homeschool Day on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Since February is American Heart Month, "we are focusing on cardiology," Mann said in the release. "These EEK! Kits will be a perfect opportunity to introduce students to science concepts dealing with both cardiology and engineering," she said.

National Engineering Week, Feb. 16-22, will also correspond with the introduction of EEK! Kits at the museum.

EEK! consists of seven hands-on activities meant to share CELL-MET research with the public while engaging children and families in dialogue around engineering skills and careers. EEK! is a collaboration between CELL-MET and Boston University's Office of Outreach and Diversity, the release said.

"We're one of 50 museums in the United States that have had the opportunity to partner with this outreach," Mann said.

Later this summer, museum educators will submit a report to Boston University's office of Outreach and Diversity showing data gathered from the use of the EEK! Lab activities at the museum.

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Print Headline: Inaugural EEK! event at MASM to focus on cardiology

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