High school students use STEM and triage training to prepare in

High school students use STEM and triage training to prepare in case of disaster

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Towns are left in disaster after tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters hit. They put people in danger physically and sometimes leave them without power. 

Covenant hospital partnered with a Texas Tech Professor, Dr. Annette Sobel, to teach high school students the importance of science when those disasters hit.

Dr. Sobel set up a mass casualty simulation to teach students how to prioritize saving victims when there aren't enough resources.

"Kids are learning the basics, airway breathing circulation, how to manage the priorities in a disaster and how to innovate around a solution when they don't have enough of the equipment," Dr. Sobel said. "They're also learning how to create a power grid when there's no power available.'

According to Dr. Sobel, STEM is an important life skill, especially in a disaster.

"It's not only learning to be a scientist it's learning to figure out what caused a problem," she said. "We're simulating some real world types of emergencies like electrocution injury and they need to understand what actually caused that so they can protect themselves and their loved ones."

Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, Rece Riney, is a sophomore who learned how to create power and energy in case there isn't any.

"We've learned how to make microgrids, which are like small grids you can use if the big grid doesn't work anymore, use renewable energy to power different things," Riney said.

According to Dr. Sobel, beyond the science, communication is most important.

"The basics of all of it is communication. Many of these kids will be the ones who tell their parents what's the best thing to do in a disaster," she said.

"If I wanted to I could become a medical student maybe one day. If I decide to go into that in college then I feel like I'd be well prepared," Riney added.

One day, Dr. Sobel hopes to expand the program to reach adults.

She stressed the importance of triage training in rural communities because it can take first responders longer to arrive at a scene outside urban areas.

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