HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conrad Weiser High School students were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to show off their patent-pending medical technology.
The school’s five-member STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) team developed an app to record and document patients’ wounds. The image is then transfered to a 3D printer, which creates a personalized bandage.
The students said the bandage has “bio-active glass” embedded in it to prevent infection and to help wounds heal faster.
State officials said the students’ work is a fitting example for Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which aims to invest $30 million to improve STEM and computer science education and other jobs training opportunities.
Expanding access to computer science and STEM programs prepares our students to succeed in an ever-evolving workforce,” said Pedro Rivera, the state’s secretary of education, who hosted the students in Harrisburg. “By connecting business and industry leaders with educators in our classrooms, we ensure our students are learning the skills that are in demand by Pennsylvania employers, specifically STEM and computer science professions.”
Pennsylvania already produces the country’s fifth-highest number of STEM graduates, officials said.