Breakthrough Twin Cities Students Visit ME Lab

A group of students from Breakthrough Twin Cities, an academic enrichment program for historically underrepresented middle and high school students, toured ME's HumanFIRST lab as part of a recent visit to the University of Minnesota. The students were able to get hands-on access to research conducted in an ME lab and were able to connect with our ME Ambassadors to encourage them to pursue mechanical engineering in the future. 

"Hosting students through the Breakthrough Twin Cities program is very rewarding for our research lab because we get the opportunity to make a connection for students who are eager to find a career that they can help people and leverage engineering," said HumanFIRST Director and ME Associate Research Professor Nichole Morris. "We are proud to help students who may be the first in their families to go to college to see their future selves at the U, developing new solutions to save lives on our roadways or in the military."

Students participated in two activities at HumanFIRST, using a mannikin and a driving simulator.

Breakthrough is a six-year, tuition-free academic enrichment and college preparatory program that helps students prepare for college success. Their goal is to identify young people who are in need of and who will take full advantage of the support that the program offers. Around 270 students were part of the campus visit.

Students watch a driving simulator
Students work with a mannikin to simulate combat injury treatment